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Gay Men May Be Misusing Viagra
Reuters Health ^ | Fri, Jan 14, 2005

Posted on 01/14/2005 9:25:04 AM PST by presidio9

Approximately one out of six gay men use Viagra recreationally, and are more likely to do so if they are also using illegal drugs, new research indicates.

U.S. investigators Richard Crosby of the University of Kentucky in Lexington and his co-author R. J. DiClemente found that men who experimented with cocaine and ecstasy were nearly three times more likely to have used Viagra without a prescription in the previous three months.

However, the authors caution that the men included in the study were all attending a sex resort.

Nevertheless, the results raise concerns, Crosby and DiClemente write. Taking Viagra may increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) because the drug can prolong sex and enhance the size of an erection, which increases friction, they note.

These are two effects "that could conceivably foster tissue abrasion and therefore increase the odds of STI transmission," they write in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.

To investigate how often men who have sex with men use Viagra, the researchers asked visitors to the sex resort to complete a questionnaire. One hundred and sixty-four men agreed to participate in the study.

Men were an average of 40 years old, and mostly white. They reported an average of 10 sex partners during the past three months.

Approximately 16 percent of the participants said they had tried non-prescription Viagra during sex in the past 3 months.

Among people who also used ecstasy during sex, 35 percent said they also used Viagra, compared with only 13 percent of people who did not take ecstasy during sex. And 37 percent of cocaine-users also admitted to using Viagra, while only 13 percent of non-users said they had done so.

Men were no more likely to try Viagra if they also engaged in risky sexual behaviors such as having five or more sex partners or having unprotected anal sex.

These findings suggest that experts need to educate men about the potential risks of non-prescription use of Viagra, the authors write.

SOURCE: Sexually Transmitted Infections, December 2004.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: homosexuals; lifesupplyofdepends; riskybehavior; std; substanceabuse

1 posted on 01/14/2005 9:25:04 AM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

AIDS infested homos spreading the joy.


2 posted on 01/14/2005 9:26:56 AM PST by pissant
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To: presidio9

an oxymoron of a headline if I have ever read one


3 posted on 01/14/2005 9:27:21 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: presidio9

Gee, ya think?!?


4 posted on 01/14/2005 9:27:21 AM PST by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: presidio9

These findings suggest that experts need to educate men about the potential risks of non-prescription use of Viagra, the authors write.

Use of Viagra is the least of their worries.


5 posted on 01/14/2005 9:27:27 AM PST by PeterPrinciple (seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: presidio9

Darwin Report


6 posted on 01/14/2005 9:27:28 AM PST by international american (Tagline not convinced.............................)
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To: presidio9

Gay Men May Be Misusing Viagra

That is not all they are misusing!


7 posted on 01/14/2005 9:28:48 AM PST by WV Mountain Mama (Umbilical cord blood, the stem cells that let everyone live!)
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To: presidio9
What exactly is meant by the term "non prescription Viagra"?

After reading this report, it might explain the recent outbreak of enlarged colons.

8 posted on 01/14/2005 9:29:42 AM PST by TommyDale
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To: presidio9

Gosh, I, for one, never thought that all of the advertising of all of the "sexual enhancing" drugs, might end up being used by gay men. . . (sarcasm)


9 posted on 01/14/2005 9:29:51 AM PST by zerosix
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To: presidio9
"that could conceivably foster tissue abrasion and therefore increase the odds of STI transmission,"

Their butts bleed more in other non-pc words.

10 posted on 01/14/2005 9:31:11 AM PST by LowOiL ("I am neither . I am a Christocrat" -Benjamin Rush)
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To: presidio9
Taking Viagra may increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).....

I thought it was STDs.

11 posted on 01/14/2005 9:31:41 AM PST by kipita (Rebel the proletariat response to Aristocracy and Exploitation.)
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To: pissant

``AIDS infested homos spreading the joy.``

Yeah, and many of your tax $$$$$ is being spent on these assholes (sic) when they get sick. They play, you pay.


12 posted on 01/14/2005 9:33:45 AM PST by mlbford2 ("Never wrestle with a pig; you can't win, you just get filthy, and the pig loves it...")
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To: kipita

Sometime recently all the "official" literature changed from STD to STI. I think it's because the word "disease" implies that there's something wrong with a person. Wouldn't want to hurt the self-esteem of all the people engaging in promiscous sex with people they barely know, now would you?


13 posted on 01/14/2005 9:35:25 AM PST by AQGeiger (RKBA Royal Enumerator of the Leguminous Stockpile, Wielder of the Enchanted Endoscope of Justice.)
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To: LowOiL

`` Their butts bleed more in other non-pc words.``

You mean turds are not 'natures lubrication' like I have been told by the PC crowd.


14 posted on 01/14/2005 9:35:35 AM PST by mlbford2 ("Never wrestle with a pig; you can't win, you just get filthy, and the pig loves it...")
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To: presidio9

It would be interesting (well, not really) to know if the "researchers" received a grant of goverment funds to attend this "sex resort" in order to conduct their "research".


15 posted on 01/14/2005 9:37:54 AM PST by Paine in the Neck
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To: presidio9
These are two effects "that could conceivably foster tissue abrasion and therefore increase the odds of STI transmission," they write in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.

A man, even a homosexual one, has the right to commit suicide.

So9

16 posted on 01/14/2005 9:38:49 AM PST by Servant of the 9 (Trust Me)
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To: pissant

Gay Bob goes into the doctor's office and has some

tests run. The doctor comes back and says "Bob, I'm

not going to beat around the bush. You have AIDS."

Bob is devastated. "Doc, what can I do?"

"Eat 1 sausage, 1 head of cabbage, 20 unpeeled carrots

drenched in hot sauce, 10 Jalapeno peppers, 40 walnuts

and 40 peanuts, 1/2 box of Raisin Bran, and top it off

with a gallon of prune juice."

Bob asks, "Will that cure me, Doc?"

Doc says, "No, but it should leave you with a better

understanding of what your a$$ is for."


18 posted on 01/14/2005 9:39:37 AM PST by wisconsinconservative ("It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.")
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To: kipita
The word disease has a negative connotation, so using infection makes it sound as though there was no personal behavior involved.
19 posted on 01/14/2005 9:39:50 AM PST by Fog Nozzle (Was -29.7 F; -34.3 C, now marked up to -14.4 F; -25.8 C)
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To: presidio9

Ouch, and welcome back.


20 posted on 01/14/2005 9:41:01 AM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (Pray Daily For Our Troops and President Bush)
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To: zerosix

Anybody seriously think this dude isn't a bit light in the loafers?

21 posted on 01/14/2005 9:42:49 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: mlbford2
o===O
22 posted on 01/14/2005 9:42:58 AM PST by digger48
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To: presidio9
First there was smilin' Bob, now smilin' Al


23 posted on 01/14/2005 9:43:15 AM PST by add925 (The Left = Xenophobes in Denial)
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To: mlbford2
Yeah, and many of your tax $$$$$ is being spent on these assholes (sic) when they get sick. They play, you pay.

In fairness, their average life expectancy is 42 years, and they are disproportionately affluent (because they don't have inconvenient expenses such as children). So most end up paying a great deal into Social Security, and never getting a penny back. Why do you think they are so gung-ho about marriage?

24 posted on 01/14/2005 9:44:02 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: pissant
Gee, I'm shocked.

Sadly, they manage to share that joy with the rest of us.

25 posted on 01/14/2005 9:44:06 AM PST by fortunecookie (My grandparents didn't flee communism so that I could live in Kerry's Kommune - and I won't have to.)
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To: presidio9
However, the authors caution that the men included in the study were all attending a sex resort

i wonder if the UN is going to get "Shaft, Stretch,and Dick" put on the cover of the brochure for that place ?

26 posted on 01/14/2005 9:44:22 AM PST by kingattax
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To: presidio9
There was a radio interview that had a porn star on.

She evidently had “dated” several of the guys she had worked with.

She claimed that they used Viagra so they could “perform” in front of the camera, etc. She claimed that they had used it so much that without it they couldn’t perform at all.

Literally claimed that they’re 26-ish year old guys that now need it to do anything. I don’t know if that’s funny or not. Interesting though.

27 posted on 01/14/2005 9:44:47 AM PST by Who dat?
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To: Buckeye McFrog
"an oxymoron of a headline if I have ever read one"

Heh...

Somehow the word, "misusing" is underrated.

28 posted on 01/14/2005 9:46:22 AM PST by F16Fighter
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To: pissant

I just read Viagra and the other similiar pills were losing strength in sales. At first they thought it was from stiff competition, but they all are recording flagging results.


29 posted on 01/14/2005 9:46:33 AM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: AxelPaulsenJr

Thanks. I am very happy to be here.


30 posted on 01/14/2005 9:49:30 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9
You know, I recently read that something like 60% of the prescriptions for Levitra are essentially unnecessary. I would think it's a bit disingenuous to act as if it is only gay men abusing these drugs.
32 posted on 01/14/2005 9:52:00 AM PST by sharktrager (The masses will trade liberty for a more quiet life.)
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To: kingattax

33 posted on 01/14/2005 9:52:47 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: Fog Nozzle

The other angle to consider on this is the effect drugs have on male performance. Absent Viagra, they probably reach a point of intoxication from alcohol and drugs where they cannot perform. Add Viagra to the mix and all of the sudden they can tear open a mudhole when they are completely whacked.

This may have more to do with the increased risk than anything.


34 posted on 01/14/2005 9:53:57 AM PST by IamConservative (To worry is to misuse your imagination.)
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To: presidio9

What a headline! It truly boggles the mind with possibilities.


35 posted on 01/14/2005 9:54:47 AM PST by pepperdog
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To: WV Mountain Mama

;-)


36 posted on 01/14/2005 9:55:36 AM PST by alessandrofiaschi
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To: sharktrager

Of course it is. However, abuse by "gay" men was predictable. In fact, I predicted it when Viagra was first announced.


37 posted on 01/14/2005 9:56:32 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: presidio9

I'm sure they're not the only ones. Any "party" culture regardless of sexual inclination is abusing Viagra and its sister drugs.


38 posted on 01/14/2005 9:56:54 AM PST by newzjunkey (Demand Mexico Turnover Fugitive Murderers: http://www.escapingjustice.com)
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To: presidio9

When someone has to get blitzed out of their skull in order to have sex, it would seem that person is having a conflict with their conscience.


39 posted on 01/14/2005 10:01:24 AM PST by Solamente
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To: IamConservative

Yes, but can you explain how they managed to do it before Viagra?


40 posted on 01/14/2005 10:05:26 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9

Doesn't surprise me. All these "sexual minority" groups (aka perverts) are very keen on misuing anything they can think of to make their dysfunctional practices even more dysfunctional.


41 posted on 01/14/2005 10:15:55 AM PST by Free and Armed
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To: presidio9
Levitra Skank
42 posted on 01/14/2005 10:18:31 AM PST by add925 (The Left = Xenophobes in Denial)
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To: Who dat?

I have often wondered when reading youth-oriented magazines such as Rolling Stone, etc., why there are so many Viagra ads in there. What the hell does the average 25-year-old need Viagra for?


43 posted on 01/14/2005 10:30:59 AM PST by RonF
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To: add925

SNL did a pardy of this ad last weekend. The product was called Dr. Porkenheimer's Boner Juice:

Woman: Are you ready to make the move to a strong and more lasting experience? Now you have a choice. If you're already on an ED treatment, maybe it's time for something new. Many ED specialists are recommending Dr. Porkenheimer's Boner Juice [dissolve to title screen with flame background: "Dr. Porkenheimer's (Boner Juice)"] for a stronger and more lasting experience. [dissolve to woman, shot widens to show that she is sitting on a bed, and a man joins her and places an arm affectionately around her shoulder] Bigger, and stronger. [chuckles] And more meaty. [dissolve to title screen with flame background: "MEATY"] [dissolve to woman] And there's no rush to perform. [dissolve to a goldfish in a fishbowl] It's boners when you feel right. [dissolve to woman] Giant ones. That are thick and sturdy. [dissolve to title screen with flame background: "THICK", "STURDY"] [dissolve to woman] Ask your doctor about a thicker, heavier, longer sexual experience. It's what Dr. Porkenheimer's Boner Juice is all about.

[dissolve to a montage of scenes during disclaimer]

Narrator: [voice over] [woman is getting ready to leave when man beckons her to the bed] Dr. Porkenheimer's Boner Juice is only for men healthy enough for sexual activity. [woman joins man on bed, and he kisses her hand] Do not take Boner Juice if you take nitrates for chest pains, [pan across bedroom while the bed bangs loudly on its springs] or alpha blockers for prostate problems or high blood pressure, [objects shake with the repeated impacts] as this may cause an unsafe drop in high blood pressure. [the hands of a clock race from 8 o'clock to 5 o'clock within seconds] If erection lasts less than four hours, [fishbowl shakes particularly violently] up the dosage by as much as you like. [a candle burns on a shelf]

[dissolve to woman, now with bare shoulders and looking very disheveled]

Woman: My guy? Yeah, he's happy with his boner. [shot widens to show that she is wrapped in the bedsheets, and the man is next to her with a very large erection tenting the sheet]

Narrator: In the rare case the erection should last more than twenty-four hours, call a friend and brag about it. Dr. Porkenheimer's Boner Juice. [dissolve to title screen with flame background: "Dr. Porkenheimer's (Boner Juice)"]


44 posted on 01/14/2005 11:21:37 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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LOL!

I can just see the Levitra Skank saying "..my guy.."

45 posted on 01/14/2005 11:33:06 AM PST by add925 (The Left = Xenophobes in Denial)
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To: presidio9

Yechhhh! I was just about to eat lunch.


46 posted on 01/14/2005 11:33:56 AM PST by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has already been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: presidio9

If there was ever news that I really didn't want to know, this fits into the category!


47 posted on 01/14/2005 11:34:05 AM PST by wagglebee (Memo to sKerry: the only thing Bush F'ed up was your career)
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To: presidio9
Notice the resemblance?


48 posted on 01/14/2005 11:37:45 AM PST by add925 (The Left = Xenophobes in Denial)
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