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  • Urologists have united in a vaccination public service announcement just in time for National Impotence Month.

  • COVID-19 has been linked to a greater risk of erectile dysfunction, so getting the shot could “save your boner,” doctors say.

  • “Trust us, we are penile doctors,” the team says in the short.

A group of urologists have come together to urge everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19, at least to preserve erections.

Penises are at the center of a new public service announcement intended to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The video begins with men fondly remembering their first erections, then presents a sobering statistic: Men who have had COVID-19 are up to six times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.

The figure comes from a study of 100 men in Italy, which found a correlation between viral disease and penile problems. The estimated risk of erectile dysfunction for men with a history of COVID-19 was actually closer to 5.5 times higher than normal, and it was a relatively small study.

But the factoid caught the attention of some creative advertisers who wanted to shine the spotlight on the “COVID schlong,” Brian Siedband, co-founder of advertising agency Quality Meats, said in a press release.

“We stumbled upon that fact and thought that with all the reluctance of the vaccine, guys need to hear this,” he said. “Especially young guys who think they are safe [for severe COVID] but I may not be thinking about the long term effects. “

After presenting the idea to a few “traditional organizations”, the team decided to call on urologists directly to speak out on the subject. Soon, over 30 physicians signed up to join Urologists United for Vaccination Education.

Surviving COVID-19 may have lasting effects on the penis

It didn’t take a lot of conviction to involve urologists in PSA, the co-founders said in the press release. After all, they are passionate about the penis and fight the misinformation that surrounds it.

“I was on board as soon as I heard the idea,” said Dr. Larry Levine, professor of urology at Rush University Medical Center. “With all the misinformation going around, we’d rather people get facts from us, doctors who have dedicated their lives to studying the penis, rather than rumors from Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend in Trinidad. “

Doctors have offered a few possible theories on how COVID-19 could contribute to erectile dysfunction, although none of them have been proven yet. Urologists believe erectile dysfunction after COVID may be linked to the vascular effects of the disease. People with severe COVID may experience inflammation throughout the body, especially in and around the heart, which could lead to blockage of blood flow to the penis.

Moreover, the mental impact of the long COVID and the pandemic as a whole cannot be underestimated. The sedentary lifestyle and high stress levels associated with the early stages of the pandemic both have the potential to affect sexual function, and some urologists have seen more cases of erectile dysfunction since the start of the pandemic.

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