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Updated 01 August 2014

You give me fever

When you're down with the flu, should you head for bed alone or with a significant other?

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Hot and sweaty is usually good when it comes to getting frisky between the sheets, but the flu can give new meaning to the phrase "you give me fever". Sharing saliva with someone in a deep, passionate kiss is pretty much guaranteed to share any viruses.

Surprisingly, though, regular sex can help ward off common colds and flu, according to one of the widest quoted studies on the subject. The research, done in 1999 at Wilkes University, showed that students who had sex up to three times a week had higher levels of an immune-booster called immunoglobin (IgA). More frequent sex, however, had the opposite effect, so you can get too much of a good thing when it comes to fighting flu!

Another consideration when battling flu is that too much vigorous activity is not recommended. This is definitely not the time to try out those new sex moves on the trampoline, as your body is weakened by the virus. Keep the sexual gymnastics for next weekend when you are likely to have shaken off that infection and be bonking fit again.

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