STDs speed up in Viagra eating old people

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Viagra has been the most popular drug for erectile dysfunction for men since 1998. Recently a new study conducted by Dr. Anupam B. Jena of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston revealed that people taking erectile dysfunction drug like Viagra are two to three times more likely to contact sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) compared to people who don’t take the drug. The STD was more visible in older people.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were more than six new cases of STDs per 10,000 men over 40 in 2008, up almost 50% since 1996.

About the Study
Dr. Jena examined insurance records for more than 1.4 million U.S. men over 40 who had received a prescription for an erectile dysfunction drug from 1997 through 2006. The average age in the study was about 60 years. The result found that men with ED drug prescriptions showed higher rates of STDs in first year compared to men without a prescription. However, a year later, the number dropped to half, suggesting that Viagra and other similar drug did not link with STDs. The most commonly found STDs during study was HIV, followed by chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea.

The study was published in the July issue of...



Annals of Internal Medicine.

Researchers denied any correlation between erectile dysfunction drugs and STDs. The study revealed that the culprit might not be Viagra but risky sexual behavior of the associated age group. Researchers noticed that people aged 50 and older are one-sixth less likely to use a condom and one-fifth less likely to be tested for HIV compared with people in their 20s. Old people are typically unaccustomed to practice safe sex over the age of 50, because the risk of pregnancy is eliminated.

Dr. Jena also mentioned that “Younger adults have far more STDs than older adults, but the rates are growing at far higher rates in older adults,”

Most of us know that AIDS is one of the deadliest disease conditions on the earth. The study showed a clear trend of increasing STDs in older people. Both the physicians who prescribe these drugs and the pharmacists who fill those prescriptions should counsel all patients on the importance of safer sexual practices, even in old age. 

SOURCE: reuters

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