Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Should I Get Rapid Tested Before Having a Quickie?

Rapid Antigen Tests (photo: Boldle)

Dear Ethicist: I'm a swinger. My question is this: with the recent spike in infections should I wear a mask when having sex with a stranger or someone not in my pod. The CDC is recommending mask wearing indoors. Does that apply to sex clubs? I realize this is a “loaded” question due to the fact that most foreplay is accomplished by employing the oral cavity on the nether regions of the partner's body. I'm also cisgender and have begun to realize my late-night excursions might infect my binary partner (who chooses to be called "they"), particularly if I’m an asymptomatic carrier. Someone at the sex club on 29th suggested I get a rapid (antigen test) at the Urgent Care on 23rd. At the very least I could always take an at home test whenever I decide to hookup. However, what if I meet someone in a bathroom? There’s instant attraction. Carpe diem is what I always say when it comes to flings. At the same time, I don’t want to let my family, friends and potential partners down. What do you recommend? Are social distancing and promiscuity oxymorons?

read "The Promiscuous and the Protean" by Francis Levy, The East Hampton Star

and listen to "Beachwood 4-5789" by the Marvelettes

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