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Men Who Pop Viagra At High Risk Of STDs

Times of India
07 July 2010
Washington, DC USA

Risky Behaviour
Men who take erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra are more likely to become infected with sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS, US researchers reported.

This infection rate was higher even in the year before the men got their prescriptions filled, which suggests the risky behavior came first, the researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study shows that even middleaged men need advice about spreading and catching STDs, especially AIDS, which is deadly and incurable, Anupam Jena of Harvard Medical School in Boston and colleagues wrote.

"Users of ED (erectile dysfunction) drugs had higher rates of HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in the 12 months before filling their first ED drug prescription, although only HIV and chlamydia were statistically significant in this period," Jena’s team wrote.

"At a minimum, use of ED drugs seems to correlate with higher-risk sexual behavior, either in the number or type of sexual encounters."

As many as 40% of men aged 57 to 85 have some degree of erectile dysfunction, editors of the journal wrote in a summary of the findings. REUTERS

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