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UNITED STATES: Recreational Use of Erectile Dysfunction Drug is Risky


News Fix (06.09.2013)

Recent studies undertaken by researchers at the San Francisco Department of Public Health demonstrated that while the use of sildenafil and other related drugs were safe and effective for treating erectile dysfunction if used under medical supervision, the use of sildenafil for recreational purposes was associated with a higher risk of STDs. Some men purchase the drugs online and use them to enhance their sexual pleasure rather than to treat erectile dysfunction. The studies reviewed the sexual behavior of these men using sildenafil for recreational purposes; the studies involved only men who had sex with men. Users of the drug were more likely to have unprotected sex and were twice as likely to be diagnosed with an STD. The studies also found that men newly infected with HIV were 2.5 times more likely to be using sildenafil as not.


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