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Transmission of cold/flu virus via sexual contact

Patient: Can you get the flu or cold by having sex with someone that has the cold?

 

 

Doctor: Flu/cold are usually transmitted by the aerosol route( respiratory droplets) and thus while they cannot be transmitted t hrough sexual intercourse ( ie penetration per se) it can be transmitted through kissing and respiratory droplets during close contact with a person with a cold.

 


 

 
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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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