COVID-19 pandemic and its implications on sexual life: Recommendations from the Italian Society of Andrology

  • Carlo Maretti Department of Andrology, CIRM Medical Center, Piacenza, Italy.
  • Salvatore Privitera | Department of Urology, University Hospital “G. Rodolico”, Catania, Italy.
  • Davide Arcaniolo Unit of Urology, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Naples, Italy.
  • Lorenzo Cirigliano Department of Urology, University “Federico II”, Naples, Italy.
  • Adele Fabrizi Institute of Clinical Sexology, Rome, Italy.
  • Michele Rizzo Department of Urology, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy.
  • Carlo Ceruti Department of Urology, University of Turin, Italy.
  • Ilaria Ortensi Altamedica- Artemisia Center, Rome, Italy.
  • Stefano Lauretti Department of Urology, “S. Caterina della Rosa” Clinic, Rome, Italy.
  • Tommaso Cai Department of Urology, “Santa Chiara Hospital”, Trento, Italy.
  • Marco Bitelli Department of Urology, “San Sebastiano Martire” Hospital, Frascati, Rome, Italy.
  • Fabrizio Palumbo Department of Urology, “San Giacomo” Hospital, Monopoli, Bari, Italy.
  • Alessandro Palmieri Department of Urology, University “Federico II”, Naples, Italy.


Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the coronavirus that causes an infectious disease, called COVID-19, first detected in patients with pneumonia in Wuhan (People's Republic of China) on December 2019. Italy was the first European country to state the outbreak of the infection and its Council of Ministers declared the state of health emergency on 31.01.2020, then the World Health Organization ruled a global pandemic on 11.03.2020. The nasopharyngeal swab is based on the detection of virus RNA and is the only reliable one for declaring COVID-19 infection. The most common symptoms observed in COVID-19 patients before hospitalization may be fever, chills, cough, dyspnea, asthenia, myalgia and/or arthralgia. This symptomatology can be often complicated in a dramatically increasing manner such as to require hospitalization starting from the third-fourth week. COVID-19 outbreak has dramatically affected the quality of life by changing inter-personal relationships, community life and obviously sexual health. The purpose of this work, based on available evidence, is to provide recommendations to help the population to face their sexual life in this critical period.



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COVID-19, sexual-life, outbreak, recommendations, SIA, Italian Society of Andrology, SARS-CoV-2, reproductive health, sex, pandemic
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Maretti, C., Privitera, S., Arcaniolo, D., Cirigliano, L., Fabrizi, A., Rizzo, M., Ceruti, C., Ortensi, I., Lauretti, S., Cai, T., Bitelli, M., Palumbo, F., & Palmieri, A. (2020). COVID-19 pandemic and its implications on sexual life: Recommendations from the Italian Society of Andrology. Archivio Italiano Di Urologia E Andrologia, 92(2).

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