Sex During COVID-19 Survey

September 3, 2021 11:44 am

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the UK government put in place measures, such as social distancing, requiring people to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel and personal contact. These measures may impact our sexual health and wellbeing, as well as other aspects of our health. The GMI Partnership conducted research to determine whether the outbreak, and associated measures, has changed the sexual behaviour and needs of Londoners, and if so, how.

We ran an online survey to collect data on sexual activities, changes in sexual behaviours, and access to sexual health products and services. The survey was open from 6th April to 3rd May 2020. Responses were analysed from anyone over the age 16 years old, of any gender, sexuality and/or ethnicity.

Our key preliminary survey findings are outlined below. Please feel free to explore the data in more detail using the interactive Power BI report at the bottom of this page.

We will be releasing more detailed findings shortly, with a focus on the qualitative data around changes in behaviour. For more information or any questions, please email

Findings among all

Findings among men who have sex with men (MSM)

Findings among people who are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME)

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