Is Viagra Responsible for STDs?

A new study has found that use of drugs like Viagra, which cure erectile dysfunction, may lead sexually transmitted diseases. These diseases can however be caused more due to the behavior of a person rather than the consumption of ED drugs. However, it is true that the rates of STD are more among ED drug consumers than those who do not take them. This claim has been made after men consuming ED drugs aged above 40 filing a higher number of insurance claims for STD’s. The percentage of ED consumers among the STD victims in the age group of 40 and above was almost 70 percent.

Anupam Jena, MD, PhD, in Massachusetts General Hospital has talked about this fact. Jena has further commented that the use of ED drugs does not have an impact on contracting STDs, but rather what kind of men use such drugs. But, still the connection between a higher presence of these drugs and exposure to STDs can’t be ignored. It’s implied that the availability of such drugs may have made men more vulnerable to exposing themselves to risky sexual relationships. However, as Dr Jena later noted that the data collected so far does not indicate existence of any such correlation. Thus, he has also observed that his findings are going to be medically useful.

He says that when a doctor finds that his middle aged patient is using erectile dysfunction drugs, he can remind them about healthy sexual practices. The same recommendation is also mentioned in an added editorial in the findings composed by Thomas Fekete, MD, who hails from Temple University in Philadelphia. He has written in his editorial that the all the erectile dysfunction prescriptions should now contain an evaluation of the STD risk for any patient and advise for safe sex. The Center for Disease Control has also found that the rates of AIDS in men who are aged above 50 in 2005 were more than those who are just 20 years old. These rates are now increasing in older men, but rates among other groups have been on the low.

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