The new coronavirus affects the testicles. This is what you should know

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(CNN Spanish) – Several studies show that the new coronavirus can attack the testicles. Dr. Elmer Huerta explains what are the effects of covid-19 on the male reproductive system

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Hello, I am Dr. Elmer Huerta and this is your daily dose of information on the new coronavirus.

Information that we hope will be useful to take care of your health and that of your family.

Today we will see what is known about the effect that the new coronavirus has on the health of the testicles.

How does the new coronavirus affect the testicles?

As we mentioned in the June 3 episode, one of the first studies designed to examine the effect of SARS-CoV-2 on the testes was published on May 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

There it is explained that Chinese researchers studied a group of 38 patients, of whom 23 had achieved clinical recovery and 15 were in the acute stage of infection, to find out if their semen contained SARS-CoV-2 viral particles.

What was found is that 6 of the 38 patients had the virus in their semen: 4 of the 15 who were in the acute stage of infection and 2 of the 23 who were in recovery.

Subsequently, on May 31, another group of researchers published in European Urology Focus, the results of an autopsy study of 12 Chinese men who died of COVID-19. Damage to various structures of the testes was observed, but the virus was found in only one of the 12 cases. Electron microscopy studies did not detect the virus.

Spermatogenesis abnormalities

On October 3, several researchers at the University of Miami published a study in The World Journal of Men’s Health in which they presented the results of a study of the testicles of 6 men who died of Covid-19, and compared them with those of 3 men who died from other causes.

The study found that two of the four testicular samples from men who died with COVID-19 and were examined with an electron microscope, contained viral particles.

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In addition, three of the six men who died from COVID-19 had samples of normal spermatogenesis, while the other three had various abnormalities in spermatogenesis. Spermatogenesis is the process by which sperm develop in the testes.

The researchers conclude that their work opens the doors to further investigate the effect that SARS-CoV-2 has on the mode of transmission of the virus and male reproduction.

The new coronavirus can attack the testicles

In summary, although it is true that so far it has been documented that the new coronavirus is found in semen and testicular tissue, that it is capable of directly attacking the testicles and that it affects the process of sperm formation in some men, there is no consensus yet from health organizations to affirm that covid-19 is a sexually transmitted disease, nor that the new coronavirus causes infertility.

What there is no doubt about is that, in the 10 months since the virus was discovered, despite the fact that we are learning a lot about covid-19 and the virus that causes it, we are also ignorant of a lot about the disease and the virus.

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