The “penis doctor” community is playing hardball to promote vaccine awareness.
Convincing the public to get the COVID vaccine has proven Sisyphean, but enterprising doctors may have formulated a foolproof reason why men should get the jab — so they can maintain their erections.
Their potentially penis-propping PSA is currently going viral on YouTube.
“Listen to the doctors, these are penis doctors,” urges “Saturday Night Live” alum Tim Meadows, 60, in the advisory, which was produced by the Urologists United For Vaccination Education.
The humorous two-minute vax promo, hashtagged “#SaveTheFutureBoners,” begins with Meadows and other male actors reminiscing about the first time they got it up, as well as the fun times they had with their no-longer private parts.
The clip then cuts to a panel of real-life doctors, who warn the nostalgic sex hounds that “men who have had COVID are six times more likely to develop erectile dysfunction.”
Alarmed by the bombshell, an aghast Meadows blurts out: “What are you guys doing? Go get the vaccine!”
“We’re talking about your future boners here,” “The Goldbergs” star continues, even joking that “I would cut off my own d–k to protect my future boners.”
The clip ends with the medical experts imploring viewers to get inoculated.
“Do it for your penis,” says Dr. Larry Levine, a professor of urology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
Although seemingly alarmist, the PSA is based on a real study in Italy, which discovered a link between the coronavirus and ED. The only caveats were that the impotence risk for male former COVID patients was actually closer to 5.5 times higher than normal, and that they only used 100 subjects in the study, Insider reported.
Nonetheless, the statistics got the attention of ad executives, who managed to recruit more than 30 doctors for the UUVE campaign.
“I was onboard as soon as I heard the idea,” Levine told the outlet. “Given all the misinformation out there, we’d rather people get facts from us, doctors who’ve devoted their lives to studying the penis, than rumors from Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend in Trinidad.”
The correlation between coronavirus and flaccidity has yet to be fully proven. However, urologists speculate that post-COVID ED may be caused by disease-induced inflammation in and around the heart, which constricts circulation to the penis.
Meanwhile, other experts speculate that the psychological stress of the pandemic could be to blame for backfires in the boudoir.
Dr. Zoe Williams, a UK-based doctor affiliated with tele-health firm Superdrug, explained that erectile problems are “usually caused by stress, tiredness, anxiety or drinking too much alcohol” — all of which were on the rise during coronavirus lockdown.
In fact, the pharmaceutical purveyor had reported a 13% uptick in demand for erectile dysfunction services from May to June 2020. Meanwhile, Google Trends reported that impotence inquiries had been reaching record numbers from 2019 to 2020.