• Urologists have united for a vaccine education PSA, just in time for National Impotence Month.
  • COVID-19 has been linked to an increased risk of erectile dysfunction, so getting vaccinated could ‘save your boner’, doctors say.
  • “Trust us, we’re penis 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 the focus of a new public service announcement aimed at encouraging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The video begins with men fondly reminiscing about 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 illness and penis problems. The estimated ED risk for men with a history of COVID-19 was actually closer to 5.5 times higher than normal, and this was a relatively small study.

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

“We came across this fact and thought with all the hesitation about vaccines, guys had to hear this, he said. “Especially younger guys who think they’re not at risk [for severe COVID] but maybe he’s not thinking about the long-term effects.”

After pitching the idea to a few “mainstream organizations,” the team decided to directly recruit urologists to speak on the topic. Soon, more than 30 physicians signed up to join Urologists United for Vaccination Education.

Surviving COVID-19 can have lasting effects on the penis

It didn’t take much conviction to get urologists involved in PSA, the co-founders said in the press release. After all, they are passionate about the penis and fighting the misinformation surrounding it.

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

Doctors have offered a few possible theories on how COVID-19 might contribute to erectile dysfunction, though none of them have yet been proven. 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.

Additionally, 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.