Viagra leads to more STDs?

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Here's more proof that Viagra is a threat to mankind?

Men taking drugs for sexual potency showed almost triple the rate of sexually transmitted diseases compared with those not taking the medications, a Harvard University study found.

Older men should know better. But if you think about the age of men who should be taking Viagra, they remember a time when you could have raw sex and only worry about pregnancy. They was around when the first Woodstock happened, and you could hook up with the bra-less girl in the mud and probably just walk away with a case of crabs. These days, things have changed. And you can't really teach an old dog with a hard-on new tricks.

The results, from an analysis of the health insurance claims of men aged 40 and older, may have more to do with the nature of the men using the impotence drugs than with the medicines leading them to have riskier sex, the research report said. The study, looking at men taking Pfizer’s Inc. Viagra and Eli Lilly & Co.’s Cialis, was published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The higher rate of infections was seen in the year before and after the men started taking the prescription medicines, according to the analysis. That suggests that users of drugs to treat erectile dysfunction, which also include Bayer AG’s Levitra, may be more likely to engage in unsafe sex than nonusers, lead study author Anupam Jena said.

What the study doesn't point out is who these older men are having sex with. Old women? "Sugar babies"? Who?

The authors weren’t able to determine how many of the men were married and how many were heterosexual or other information on sexual behavior.

In the year before taking the pills, users of ED drugs had an overall STD rate of 214 per 100,000 people, the study found. That gave them a 2.8 times greater risk of developing a sexually spread infection than men who didn’t take the drugs.

That decreased slightly in the year after, when pill-takers had a 2.65 times higher risk than non-takers, the study showed.

The risk of getting HIV in the year before taking the pills was 3.32 times higher in drug-takers and 3.19 times greater in the year after, compared with those not taking the pills, they said. Users of the medicines also had higher rates of chlamydia.

And, the age group with the highest number of new HIV/AIDS cases?

People aged 40 to 49 accounted for the largest proportion of newly diagnosed HIV/AIDS cases, 27 percent, in 2007, according to the CDC. Those 50 to 59 accounted for 13 percent, while those over the age of 60 accounted for 4 percent.

Maybe it's time to educate older people on what sex is like in the 21st century when doctors hand them the little blue pill.

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