Senator Fintan Warfield shares sexual health advice to follow while social distancing

The Dublin-based senator Fintan Warfield gave some recommendations on safe sexual health practices to follow during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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There are plenty of ways to satisfy your sexual needs while practicing social distancing according to Dublin Senator Fintan Warfield.

Last Friday, Warfield tweeted some advice on how people could stay safe sexually during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Social distancing applies to hook ups and sex. So explore other ways to satisfy your needs,” he said. “Phone sex, cam-sex, reading erotica, watching porn or just plain old masturbation.”

The senator also shared a link to HIV Ireland’s advice on how to look after your sexual health as the coronavirus outbreak continues.

MPOWER, an initiative set up by HIV Ireland, gave some tips on a range of topics, including: hooking-up, PrEP, PEP, STIs, drugs and alcohol. For a comprehensive guide to their recommendations, read more here.

Warfield reminded readers that they should also be vigilant in terms of any pictures or videos they share of themselves online. “Do so carefully and be conscious of where they could end up,” he said.

His advice was welcomed by people including Dr Caroline West, who holds a PhD and a masters in sexuality studies. “Makes a change to see a politician not demonize sex or porn!” she said.

Independent councillor Francis Timmins, based in Clondakin, also shared his support. “Fair dues. Nice to see someone being real and practical about sex,” he said. “This applies to everyone not just LGBT. Well done on highlighting this”

However, some Twitter users were not as impressed, with one user saying: “Try controlling instincts for a while. Try reading the Bible. Try fasting.”

Warfield was a former mayor of south Dublin and served as a councillor for Templeogue-Terenure. In 2016, he was elected to the Seanad on the first count and sat on the Cultural and Educational panel.

Since his election win in 2016, Warfield has been an active campaigner for the LGBT+ community and sexual health. Back in September of 2019, he spoke out against the Department of Justice and Equality’s inaction over homophobic hate crimes in Ireland.

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