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U.s. Docs Warn Viagra Users of Increased Stds Rates

U.S. doctors warn viagra users of increased STDs rates.  A report in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that older men who take erectile dysfunction drugs are twice as likely to acquire sexually transmitted diseases than their non-medicated peers.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reports that more than six new cases of STDs per 10,000 men over the age of 40 has increased 50% since 1996.


Dr. Anupam B. Jena of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston led the study.  Dr. Jena stated that "younger adults have afar more STDs than older adults, but the rates are growing far at far higher rates in older adults."  Dr. Jena finds that increased divorce rates, improved health, and increased sexual activity have also contributed to the steady STD increase in the 40 and old age group.  Dr. Jena furthers that 50 year olds are six times less likely to use condoms than men half their age.  Dr. Jena faults a decreased risk of pregnancy for people over the age of 50 for the lack of safe sex practices.


Dr. Jena and his team collected information from insurance records of more than 1.4 million men within the U.S. over the age of 40.  With an average age of 60, the most common found STDs were HIV, "followed by chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea." 


Men who were taking erectile dysfuction drugs were a minority of the men within the study.  More than two men in one thousand had been treated for an STD before they starting taking the pills and within one year, that number was halved.  Yet, men taking erectile dysfunction drugs were twice as likely to contract STDs compared to men who were not taking the medicine.  Dr. Jena and his team did not find an explanation for the increase.  Dr. Jena's study did not include information regarding the frequency of sexual encounters, sexual partners, or orientation, as an editorial by Dr. Thomas Fekete of Temple University School of Medicine located at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania suggests.   


Dr. Jena advises that doctors remind patients to practice safe sex when prescribing erectile dysfunction drugs to prevent the spread of STD's. 


 


 

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