A study pointed out that the coronavirus can infect the penis, testicles and prostate. Research by American professionals from the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago has revealed that the SARS-CoV-2 virus infects the tissues of the male genital tract.
The study was carried out on infected rhesus monkeys and the virus was shown to have reached the penis, testicles and prostate of the male animals. The disease originally presented as a viral infection of the respiratory tract, but with each passing day new research shows that the virus is capable of damaging different organs such as the lungs, kidneys, brain and heart. .
The primates underwent whole-body CT scans, hoping to identify the virus in the lungs and nose as it is a viral infection with its transmission characteristics.
However, professor of cell and developmental biology Thomas Hope recounts the surprise “(…) but the signal that jumped out for us was the full spread through the male genital tract. We didn’t know we would find it there- low.
At the Medical University of São Paulo (USP), a group of researchers, coordinated by Professors Paulo Saldiva and Marisa Dolhnikoff, performed autopsies on 11 patients with complications from Covid-19, aged 32 to 88. . The result highlighted that the coronavirus is capable of infecting testicular cells, causing hormonal dysfunction and fertility. Evidence linking SARS-CoV-2 infection to male sexual health and fertility is growing daily.
Researcher and andrologist Jorge Hallak, a professor in the School of Medicine and coordinator of the Men’s Health Study Group at USP’s Institute for Advanced Study, explains, “We have seen by electron microscopy that the coronavirus invaded all testicular cells.
The virus is present in the cells that produce sperm, called Sertoli, in the cells that produce testosterone, called Leydig, in the blood vessels and in the framework that supports the testicle.
Other viruses can also affect the tissues of the male genital tract such as Paramyxovirus, which causes mumps, Ebola, Zika and SARS-COV-1. Mumps is widely known to cause male infertility.
Professor Hope adds: “These results indicate that testicular pain, erectile dysfunction, hypogonadism, reduced sperm count and quality, and decreased fertility are associated with SARS-CoV- infection. 2.”
Studies estimate that 10% to 20% of men who have had severe Covid-19 have genital tract dysfunction. Only the small percentage are millions of men infected.
With information from the R7 portal