Sexual and Reproductive Health during COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Project Details

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We are conducting an online survey to explore the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic on the sexual and reproductive health of people aged 18+ who are living in Australia. We want to answer questions like: are people having more or less sex during the pandemic? Are people still using dating apps to hook-up? Will we have a COVID-19 baby boom? Can people still access essential sexual and reproductive health products like sanitary items and contraception? Are people putting off going to their doctor for a sexual health check?

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the nature of intimate relationships and sexual practices and will continue to impact our lives for many years to come. The survey will be repeated regularly so we can see how things change over time.

Interested in participating?

Great! Email us at to register your interest.

This study has been approved by the University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee, ID: 2056693 You can read more about the study in our Plain Language Statement


We are a team of experienced sexual and reproductive health researchers from the Sexual Health Unit in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, the Department of General Practice and the Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH).

Professor Jane Hocking (Lead Researcher)

Dr Jacqueline Coombe

Dr Fabian Kong

Helen Bittleston

Prof Meredith Temple-Smith

Dr Jane Goller

Dr Hennie Williams

Andrew Lau

Louise Bourchier

Prof Jane Tomnay

Dr Sue Malta

Alaina Vaisey

Research Outcomes

Study Summary: Survey 1

Research Publications

Love during lockdown: findings from an online survey examining the impact of COVID-19 on the sexual practices of people living in Australia, published in Sexually Transmitted Infections

Research Group

Sexual Health

School Research Themes

Data science, health metrics and disease modeling

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics

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