Due to the rising number of reported Coronavirus cases in Nigeria, more and more people are smartly beginning to practise social distancing and self-isolation to help reduce the spread.

What does that mean for the sexually active adults amongst us? Well, according to a memo released by the NYC Health Department, the safest options are masturbation and live-in partners.

So, with that in mind, we decided to ask seven Nigerians about how the virus has affected their sex lives so far. From relying on self-pleasure to just taking the risk, here are the answers we got:

Tobi, 25/Male/Straight 

About a month ago, I hooked up with an old acquaintance and the sex was truly mind-blowing. So, we’ve been consistently hooking up at least once a week since then.

The virus hasn’t really slowed us down, but we both try to stay home prior to the knacks — at least, I hope she does. I feel comfortable risking it because she is self-employed, so I don’t have to worry about her going into an office and bringing back the virus.

James, 30/Male/Gay

I’ve been single for the past year, so whenever I need to scratch that itch, I just chat up a random guy on one of the dating apps on my phone. If we vibe, then we make plans to hook up. 

With the virus in town, that’s no longer an option. I don’t know how cautious these guys are, and I’m not horny enough to risk it. So, I’ve turned to my first love, masturbation. My only worry is that if this pandemic lasts any longer, my dick might actually fall off. 

Ada, 35/Female/Straight

Self-isolation hasn’t changed my sex life because I wasn’t really getting any to begin with. Right now, I’m more worried about the virus, my kids, supplies at home and getting work done. 

I’m very anxious, and while I know that sex would be a good way to relax, I’m not interested in adding that to my list of tasks. I’m also not trying to get pregnant again. 

Honestly, the main way this is affecting my sex life is that I can’t go out, have fun, feel hot and flirt with all the boys I want to. That’s where I usually get my kicks.

Damilola, 27/Female/Bisexual

I was actually having a bit of a dry spell for most of the year.  I was originally trying to get my shit together and stop hooking up with this dude that was very clearly bad for me. 

Well, since social distancing started, I’ve been very bored. So, yeah, I hit him up and I’ve managed to have more sex in the past two weeks than I have all year. I do make him shower intensely before we do anything though.

Rotimi, 26/Male/Straight

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been sleeping with one babe once a week, and the virus hasn’t changed anything. To be honest, I know we are both being very careless right now. 

She’s actually more at risk because she’s been self-isolating and I’m still going into work. I recently asked her if she was worried about it, but she just laughed it off. Who am I to complain if she’s fine with it?

Chinny, 33/Female/Straight

Before the virus hit, my husband was at work more often than not, so sex only happened when we could find the time (without being interrupted by our baby). 

Now, due to remote work, he’s at home while our nanny is still available. So, she can take care of the baby while we go and be as useless as we want. I’m even not sure what it is, but I’ve been so much hornier this period.

David, 28/Male/Straight

I’ve been intentionally celibate for most of the year, but I just recently decided to call that off — yes, right in the middle of a pandemic — and have sex again. 

I know it’s a gamble, but it’s one I’m willing to make. We are both very careful about social distancing and all that, so I believe (and hope) that the chances of us infecting each other are low.

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