A study from the University of Miami School of Medicine found that Covid-19 may cause damage to the tissues of the testicles and consequently affect male fertility and even suggests that it could be sexually transmitted.
Research from the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, and echoed by local media this Tuesday, reveals that Covid-19 can invade the tissue of the testes in some men infected with the virus, whether or not they are symptomatic.
“These findings could be the first step in discovering the potential impact of Covid-19 on the male fertility and whether the virus can be transmitted sexually“said the study’s lead author, Ranjith Ramasamy, a professor and director of reproductive urology at the school.
The team of researchers performed six biopsies on men who have died from Covid-19 and even on a patient recovered from the disease caused by the new coronavirus and who was asymptomatic, “but still showed the presence of the virus inside the testicles“, specified the author.
“Poor sperm function”
He added that the above case was a “novel, remarkable and certainly worthy of further exploration” finding, while a further three samples were discovered. “Poor sperm function”.
“It is a virus that binds to a receptor present in almost every organ in the body. In fact, the three most important organs in which receptors are found in the highest density are the lungs, kidneys and testicles “, the researcher deepened.
Ramasamy said more studies are needed to assess exactly “how testicular tissue responds to the virus and what that could mean for male fertility and sexual transmission. “