MIAMI — The COVID-19 virus has confounded and confused the public, doctors, and scientists alike by its ability to infiltrate numerous body parts, areas, and organs. Now, a new study out of Miami is sure to make all male readers shudder for a moment. University of Miami scientists have, for the first time ever, discovered traces of COVID-19 within penile tissue.
Even worse, these traces were discovered long after recovery, suggesting the virus may stay in mens’ genitals for months on end. As if that isn’t enough to leave many a man feeling uneasy, researchers also theorize that the “widespread blood vessel dysfunction” caused by COVID-19 could contribute to erectile dysfunction.
“Our research shows that COVID-19 can cause widespread endothelial dysfunction in organ systems beyond the lungs and kidneys. The underlying endothelial dysfunction that happens because of COVID-19 can enter the endothelial cells and affect many organs, including the penis,” says study author Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy, associate professor and director of the Miller School’s Reproductive Urology Program, in a release. “In our pilot study, we found that men who previously did not complain of erectile dysfunction developed pretty severe erectile dysfunction after the onset of COVID-19 infection.”
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