A division of NSW Health have taken a swipe at famous rapper Nicki Minaj for sharing anti-vax information online after she claimed the Covid jab affected her cousin’s friend’s sexual performance.
The Super Bass songstress took to Twitter on Monday to dangerous advise her followers to consider the side effects of rolling up their sleeves for the vaccine.
‘My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine because his friend got it and became impotent,’ she wrote.
‘His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding.
‘So just pray on it and make sure you’re comfortable with your decision, not bullied.’
But just hours later, Western Sydney Health called out the singer urging her to stick to the role she knows best.
‘We promise to leave the rapping to @NickiMinaj if she leaves medicine to doctors and scientists,’ the department tweeted.
There is no evidence Covid-19 vaccines cause either erectile dysfunction or male infertility.
A University of Miami study, for example, found that Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines appeared to have no effect on the sperm production of 45 men.
In contrast, there is some evidence that the virus responsible for Covid-19 – SARS-CoV-2 – can cause fertility issues in men.
It’s known other viruses such as mumps can affect sperm production and quality in men, while a Chinese study found widespread cell destruction in the testes of six men who died from the 2006 SARS-CoV virus.
A similar study on six men who died of Covid-19 showed a decreased number of sperm in three of the men.
While research into the effects of Covid-19 on the human body remain largely provisional, on the balance of available research to date it’s safe to say the male reproductive system is under more threat from the virus than the vaccine.