If there was a time when men needed to jump in and jump into the vaccine, it would be now.

In light of a new pilot study published in the National Library of Medicine, Covid-19 can cause erectile dysfunction (ED).

Penile tissue was collected from four patients undergoing surgery for severe erectile dysfunction, two with a history of Covid-19 and two without.

It was concluded that the presence of the Covid-19 virus in the penis was traceable long after the initial infection.

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Scientists who conducted the study also said their findings suggested that “generalized endothelial cell dysfunction due to Covid-19 infection may contribute to erectile dysfunction.”

While future studies are needed on exactly how Covid-19 infections could lead to erectile dysfunction, the results are frightening.

In a statement released by the Ministry of Health The citizen, it was pointed out that, unlike another Covid-19 myth circulating on social networks, the Covid-19 vaccine does not cause erectile dysfunction or male (or female) infertility.

In fact, Covid-19 can cause erectile dysfunction and infertility in men.

“Covid-19 increases the risk of developing erectile dysfunction almost six times.

“The choice is simple, vaccinate to stay safe!

Male reluctance to immunize in South Africa

In a follow-up Ask Afrika Covid-19 study conducted in February, it was found that women were more likely to receive the Covid-19 vaccine than men.

Overall, men at the time of reporting had a “significantly higher sense of distrust” of the vaccine than women, said Andrea Rademeyer, CEO and founder of Ask Afrika.

By the end of August, the ratio of the number of women and men vaccinated was slowly declining, with 58.5 women compared to 41.5 men.

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In the most recent report, an article by The conversation by Andrew Gibbs, Senior Scientist at the South African Medical Research Council, explored the links between South African men’s reluctance to vaccinate and research into HIV testing and treatment.

Some reasons for their hesitation included ideas about masculinity and health, the perception that the health care system was a place for women, and avoiding the risk of infection.

Research found that men believed that men’s tests and treatments threatened their masculinity and worried about how the treatment would affect pleasures in life, such as alcohol, sex, and fertility.

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Even being ill in general is seen as a sign of vulnerability, despite its glaring manifestations in rare cases of male flu.

These factors also play a significant role in South African men’s reluctance to get the Covid-19 jab, according to the report.

Another possible reason for reluctance among men is the perception that they are not considered to be as at risk of contracting Covid-19 as women.

Additional reporting by News24 Wire