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Special Issue Title:

The impact of COVID-19 and other viruses on male reproductive health and fertility

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021

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  • Guest Editor

    Martin ŠtimpfelE-MailWebsite

    PhD, Head of IVF Laboratory, Department of Human Reproduction, Division of Gynaecology, University Medical Center Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Interests: IVF/ICSI, Reproduction, Embryo transfer

Special Issue Information

Background, importance, and goal of the special issue

Viral infections are suggested to pose a risk for male fertility. While some data is available on the role of sexually transmitted viruses, such as HIV, hepatitis B and C, less is known about viruses detected in last years, such as Zika virus, or just recently, such as COVID-19. Each of these viruses is specific and can impair sperm parameters through different mechanisms. Beside impairing sperm quality, viruses can be transmitted vertically and horizontally and thus pose an even greater threat to reproductive health. Lately, very effective antiviral therapies were successfully introduced into clinical practice, but little is known if these therapies don’t have any negative effect on male reproductive health. Therefore, in the light of the present pandemic, this special issue will focus on the impact of viruses on male reproductive health and fertility, with emphasis on the impact of the COVID-19.

Topics of interests:

- The influence of viruses on the sperm quality parameters

- Mechanisms by which viruses affect male reproductive system

- Treatment of a virus-infected male patient before entering IVF treatment

- Strategies for safe cryostorage of sperm with viral infection

- Sperm preparation methods in IVF aiming to lower viral load in sperm

- The influence of viral infection on fertilization, embryo development and IVF/ICSI cycle outcome

- Risk of horizontal and vertical virus transmission in corelation to male reproductive health

- Influence of viral infection on male reproductive health explained by studies in animal models 


Male infertility, Sexually transmitted virus, Sperm, Semen quality, Male reproduction, Sperm preparation methods

Manuscript Submission Information

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by experts in the field. Rapid peer review and prompt editorial decisions will ensure that quality manuscripts are published on time. The manuscript has not already been published or submitted elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). If similar work has been published or submitted elsewhere, you must provide a copy of the submitted manuscript. You may not submit your manuscript elsewhere while it is under consideration at the Journal of Men's Health. All manuscripts undergo thorough double-blind peer-review. To check the suitability of the special issue for publishing your manuscript, please read the journal's aims and scope and read or download the guide for authors. You may also send a brief abstract of your work (about 100 words) to the Editorial Office at A guide for authors and other relevant information for manuscript submission is available on the Instructions for Authors page.

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All manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Men's Health are assessed according to the journal standard editorial criteria. If accepted for publication, an Article Processing Charge of 900 USD applies.

The journal typically offers a 30% discount to submissions with good quality invited by the Editor-in-Chief, Guest Editor (GE) and Editorial Board Member.

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