Home > Sex > Sex tips 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? 0 iStock Check Are you a sex addict? » Ask Sexologist » Join Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for sex? » SEE: What happens to your body during sex? How porn addiction can affect your sex life 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.Find out more about sex and your health.Foreplay: drive her wild! NEXT ON HEALTH24X Help, my STI is incurable! 2016-09-30 14:41 More: SexSex tips advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Sun protection for all children Understanding your sunscreen The science behind cosmeceuticals Do you know these 5 facts about skincare? Live healthier The debate continues » Working out in the concrete jungle 7 top butt exercises for guys 10 things pole dancing can do for you The running vs. walking debate There are many different theories when it comes to the running vs. walking for health and weight loss. Veganism a crime? » Running the Comrades Marathon on a vegan diet Are vegans unnatural beasts? Can a vegan be really healthy? Should it be a crime to raise a baby on vegan food? After a number of cases of malnourishment in Italy, it may become a crime to feed children under 16 a vegan diet.