Scientists from the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine have been looking at the possibility of sexual transmission of COVID19. They have found that the virus can easily invade the male testicles and continues to be there for a long time. The lead author of the study Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy along with his teammates has analyzed tissues from the autopsies of six men who have lost their lives due to COVID19 infection. They have found that the virus has been present in their testicles even after their death. They have as well seen some traces of the virus in the testicles of a patient, who has been infected with COVID19 and later recovered without exhibiting any symptoms. In the study, which has been conducted on men, experts have found that the virus has reduced the functioning of sperms.
The lead author of the study has found a surprising fact that the virus continues to be in the testicles of men who do not show any symptoms and lingers on for a long time even after they test negative for the disease and show no testicle pain. The way the virus binds to organs, it proves that the testicles, which are essential for sperm and testosterone production, can be a target of COVID19. The study has shown that the receptor ACE2 in the testicles where the virus binds itself is the same as in the lungs, heart, intestine, and kidneys. These organs are susceptible to COVID19 infection. This study has been published in the World Journal of Men’s Health.
Scientists have as well studied the semen samples of 30 men, who have been in the age range of 30 to 55 years during the three to six months after their recovery from COVID19. They have tried to establish whether the virus can be sexually transmitted or cause infertility in men. Experts have said that if a man has low levels of viral load, then it is fine, however, men who do not show any symptoms might not be able to measure their viral load and will continue to spread the virus sexually. This can infect their partners and impact their long-term reproduction ability. The study has mentioned that at least 30 to 40 percent of men do not show any symptoms of the disease. They can easily transmit the virus to their partners unknowingly. The lead author of the study Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy has said that there is a need for further studies to understand the long-term impact of COVID19 infection on men.