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Is penis pumping  the equivalent to a woman getting butt injections? It seems that way. While it may sound laughable, the widely popular idea to make a man’s penis look larger is the newest trend in the silicone epidemic.

So what is it exactly?

A “pumping party” is an illegal practice that consists of a person injecting non-surgical silicone, often found in tire polish and Fix-A-Flat. This practice is common among many in the transgender community and exotic dancers. And while common, it has also turned into a deadly situation.

22 year old Justin Street wanted work done on his penis. Somehow he connected with Kasia Rivera, who advertised at stores and bars. Rivera was not a licensed professional and injected a silicone substance into Street’s penis. The injection killed Street and Rivera was charged with manslaughter. Street’s mother told his story in hopes that other victims would come forward, but she understands some men may not out of embarrassment or shame.

Dr. Daniel S. Elliott, an associate professor of urology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, offered his perspective of silicon injections. He stated that Street’s death was the “first case he’d heard of involving a silicone injection to the penis.” He went on to say, “If there were a legitimate method for penile lengthening, Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer would have bought it up and made billions and billions of dollars worldwide. The fact that they don’t means it does not exist.”

What are your thoughts? Is the idea of a man enlarging his penis ridiculous or understandable?

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Death By Penis? Black Men Are Dying From Illegal Pumping Parties  was originally published on