Contrary to what rapper Nicki Minaj claimed in a viral tweet on September 13, there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause erectile dysfunction, or ED.

But the is some preliminary research that suggests COVID-19 itself may be associated with erectile dysfunction. We will explain more about this below.

Minaj’s tweet was one of many after her announcement that she would not attend the annual Met Gala due to COVID-19 vaccine requirements for the event. Although Minaj expressed her reluctance to get the shot in her tweets, she also said she would likely get the shot before leaving on her next tour.

The tweet that went viral was vague, saying, “My cousin in Trinidad will not get the vaccine because his friend received it and has become powerless. His testicles became swollen. But it garnered over 110,000 likes and praise from conservative commentators who have cast doubt on vaccines, such as Candace Owens and Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Although Minaj did not say what vaccine her cousin’s friend would have received or why she believed her condition was related, medical experts and public health officials around the world said the claim that the vaccines could cause erectile dysfunction is false.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh responded to this claim at a press conference on September 15: an event. And what was sad about that was that it wasted our time yesterday trying to track down because we take all of these claims seriously, whether on social media or mainstream media.

Dr Sandro Demaio, who heads the Australian State Health Promotion Foundation of Victoria, took to Twitter on September 13 to say, “Covid vaccines do NOT cause erectile dysfunction or male infertility.” A Welsh public health site published a straightforward article debunking the same claim in July, saying: ‘There has been no reports of impotence related to vaccination and vaccination is recommended as protection against this side effect of Covid infection. “

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that those trying to have babies – men and women – get vaccinated against COVID-19. And Dr. Y. Sammy Choi, director of the research department at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, said on a recent podcast: woman. “

Additionally, CNN host Jake Tapper asked Dr.Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in an interview on September 14 to respond to Minaj’s post: “Y Is there any evidence that Pfizer or Moderna or J&J vaccines cause reproductive problems in males or females? “

“The answer to that, Jake, is a definite no. There is no evidence that this will happen, and there is no mechanistic reason to imagine that it would, ”Fauci noted, adding that “the only way we know of to counter disinformation and misinformation is to provide a lot of correct information and essentially debunk those kinds of claims which you know may be innocent on his part.”

So, as we said, experts agree that there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause erectile dysfunction. But there is preliminary evidence for a possible association between COVID-19 disease and erectile dysfunction from two studies, although the authors stressed that more research is needed.

An article published in the journal Andrology in March found that the prevalence of erectile dysfunction was “considerably higher” among men who had tested positive for COVID-19. The study, which was carried out in Italy, included 25 men who had tested positive for COVID-19 and 75 men who had tested negative. The authors called for “better suited studies,” calling their study the first to investigate “the prevalence of erectile dysfunction and the possible association between ED and COVID-19 from real data in a large survey.”

And a much smaller pilot study done in the United States that involved two patients who had tested positive for COVID-19 and subsequently suffered from erectile dysfunction suggested that the disease “affects the penis,” according to Dr Ranjith Ramasamy, director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami who worked on the study and wrote about it on The Conversation news site. The study, according to the authors, is “the first to demonstrate the presence of the COVID-19 virus in the penis long after the initial infection in humans.”

“[T]Research is just a first step into how COVID-19 could affect male sexual health; the samples were small, ”Ramasamy wrote. “The studies should continue.

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