Yale Publishes Graphic Guide to COVID-Proof Sex

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September 21, 2020

Yale University published a comprehensive guide for how to have sex amid the coronavirus pandemic—so comprehensive, in fact, that it includes detailed descriptions of the sex acts thought to spread the virus.

Yale's health department circulated a "Safer Sex During COVID-19" document that advises students to limit sexual interactions by masturbating and "liven up" their sex lives by wearing masks. The guidelines also offer tips on how to properly clean sex toys before and after use, and ask students to avoid "rimming, or any sexual activity that involves putting your mouth on the anus." Other tips include selective kissing, using condoms, washing hands before and after sex, and using the internet for sexual exchanges.

"Consensual virtual connections over the phone or on web platforms can be ways to interact socially and sexually without exchanging fluids," the guidelines read. "Use this time to liven up your sex life while staying safe!"

Under the "Spice It Up" subhead, the guidelines say heavy breathing can spread the virus and suggest students wear masks in bed to prevent infection. "Though wearing a mask while having sex might not be your thing, it is a good way to add a layer of protection, especially since heavy breathing can spread the virus further," the document states.

Similar sex guidelines were issued at the University of Georgia, though the school removed the list following online ridicule. The language of both the University of Georgia's and Yale's guidelines mimic that of the University of Maryland Medical System and the New York City Department of Health.

Yale is also encouraging students to partake in cybersex and masturbation, saying that "you are your safest sex partner." According to a Frontiers in Psychiatry study, however, cybersex sometimes "serves as another outlet for gratification that feeds a previous problem," especially for those addicted to drugs and alcohol. College students abuse drugs at some of the highest rates in the United States.

The university did not respond to multiple requests for comment.