UNT gives 'mask-urbate' guidelines for sex during COVID

The Student Health and Wellness Center at University of North Texas has posted a series of tweets and tips about student’s sexual health that are at odds with the school's guidelines on coronavirus.

UNT encouraged students to wear masks during sex “especially if you or your partner don’t know if you have COVID-19.”

The University of North Texas’s Student Health and Wellness Center has some advice for students about how to have sex and avoid COVID-19 at the same time. 

“Mask-urbate?! Read below to learn more,’ the school told students in a since-deleted tweet, along with an image suggesting that ill students should “skip sex and stay in.”

“Mask-urbate! Use face coverings during mutual masturbation to reduce your risk,” read the infographic, complete with the university’s logo.

The image also encouraged students to “be creative with physical barriers & sexual positions to prevent close face-to-face contact,” and to wear masks as well as condoms during sex.

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A similar tweet from the account warned students to wear a mask during sex and “talk about to [sic] your partner(s) about COVID-19 risk.” It also told students to “pick a large, well-ventilated space” for sexual activities, “avoid kissing” and “wash your hands before and after.”

Specific requirements from the university request students to maintain six feet of distance between each other “wherever possible.” It also instructs students to “conduct meetings virtually whenever possible. If meeting virtually is not possible, then meeting settings should accommodate distance between participants.” 

The school’s guidelines state that “face coverings are not a substitute for appropriate social distancing.” 

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During the pandemic, universities have struggled to promote social distancing rules while also addressing students about participation in sexual activities. In September, the University of Georgia’s Health Center released a statement saying “you are your safest sex partner, practice solo sex, or limit the number of sexual partners you have.” 

UNT will hold mostly online classes during the spring 2021 semester, encouraging students to use the COVID hotline and to get tested before returning to campus. The university also writes that daily COVID-19 testing will continue to be administered at the Union Circle Garage.

The university did respond to a request for comment in time for publication. 

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