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Gays' Use of Viagra and Methamphetamine Is Linked to Diseases
NY Times ^ | March 11, 2004 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN

Posted on 03/10/2004 10:44:45 PM PST by neverdem

PHILADELPHIA, March 10 — The expanding recreational use of crystal methamphetamine and Viagra is apparently fueling increases in syphilis, H.I.V. and other sexually transmitted diseases among gay and bisexual men in the United States, according to new studies reported here on Wednesday.

At a meeting on preventing sexually transmitted diseases, Dr. Samuel J. Mitchell of the San Francisco Health Department said a study had found that 17.4 percent of 1,263 gay men who had gone to the city's sexually transmitted disease clinic had used crystal in the four weeks before their visit. Crystal users were more than twice as likely as nonusers to be infected with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, 4.9 times as likely to receive a diagnosis of syphilis and 1.7 times as likely to test positive for gonorrhea.

Dr. William Wong of the San Francisco Health Department said that another study found that gay men who used both crystal and Viagra together were 6.1 times as likely to receive a diagnosis of syphilis as those who did not use either drug.

In a study of 388 gay men, Dr. Gordon Mansergh reported that his team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the San Francisco Health Department found that 16 percent had used crystal methamphetamine the last time they had anal sex. Crystal users in the study were twice as likely as nonusers to have engaged in unprotected receptive anal intercourse. In the men's last anal sex encounter, 6 percent had used Viagra. The Viagra users were 6.5 times more likely to report having had unprotected insertive anal sex during that encounter. Viagra was not linked to receptive anal risk behavior.

For three consecutive years through 2003, syphilis rates among women have fallen by 50 percent but have increased by 65 percent among men. Among women in 2003, there were 1,229 syphilis cases reported, down from 2,445 in 2000. Among men in 2003, there were 5,844 cases, up from 3,532 in 2000. Gay men accounted for more than 60 percent of all syphilis cases in 2003, compared with 5 percent in 1999.

"We are very, very concerned" about the trend, Dr. Ronald O. Valdiserri, an official of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a news conference at the meeting.

Health officials from Seattle also reported a sharp increase among gay men in cases of gonorrhea that is resistant to a commonly prescribed antibiotic, ciprofloxacin.

As an alternative, many doctors are now prescribing another antibiotic, cefpodoxime, that has not been as well studied for its effect against gonorrhea, said Dr. Hunter H. Handsfield of the Seattle-King County Health Department and University of Washington.

From October 2003 through December 2003, ciprofloxacin-resistant gonorrhea accounted for 22 of 133 cases, or 16.5 percent, compared with 6 of 159 cases, or 3.8 percent, from July through September 2003. The overwhelming majority of drug-resistant gonorrhea was among gay men. Such drug-resistant gonorrhea has also being reported in Boston and New York.

Los Angeles County health officials reported new evidence from two studies that the Internet and commercial sex clubs helped increase syphilis rates among gay men. One study found that 22 percent of those who received a diagnosis of syphilis had met sexual partners on the Internet about the time they were most likely infected. A second study found that 28 percent of gay men with syphilis met sex partners at commercial sex clubs.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: aids; bisexual; cdc; gay; gonorrhea; grids; hiv; homosexual; homosexualagenda; methamphetamine; sexclub; syphilis; viagra
It used to be better living through chemistry. Now it's a worse death. What's a sex club, a Plato's Cave for blades?
1 posted on 03/10/2004 10:44:46 PM PST by neverdem
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Dr. William Wong of the San Francisco Health Department...
2 posted on 03/10/2004 10:47:14 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat ("I'm Diddle E. Squat, and I approved this tagline")
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To: Diddle E. Squat
I got my Bong and Mr. Wong...
3 posted on 03/10/2004 10:50:53 PM PST by chance33_98 (Check out profile page for banners, if you need one freepmail me and I will make one for you)
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To: neverdem
Should we be surprised? Flaming and scandalous gay men consuming an illegal drug and a pill for old farts only means trouble...
4 posted on 03/10/2004 10:51:38 PM PST by Bismarck
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To: neverdem
Who'd a thunk it? Gay sex clubs, drugs, and disease. Gee, I never saw that one coming.
5 posted on 03/10/2004 10:52:34 PM PST by vpintheak (Our Liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain!)
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To: neverdem
OK, here's a concern: are these junkies going to burn through antibiotics and hyperbreed resistant strains of non-STD health problems, so their actions impact the general community?

Methinks tolerance would rapidly decline if it is perceived that little toddler Janes and Justins died of a superresistant flu or staph. Of course overapplication of antibiotics at the insistence of idiot soccer moms share much of the blame, but they are a much bigger voting population, emotional, and quite likely to overlook their own cupability.
6 posted on 03/10/2004 10:54:55 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat ("I'm Diddle E. Squat, and I approved this tagline")
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To: neverdem
Smoking and junk food are verboten... but drug use and deviant sex is embraced.

I'm suprised someone in SF didn't censor this report.
7 posted on 03/10/2004 10:56:13 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: calcowgirl
I'm suprised someone in SF didn't censor this report.

Scary thing is, maybe this is censored version...

8 posted on 03/10/2004 10:57:04 PM PST by chance33_98 (Check out profile page for banners, if you need one freepmail me and I will make one for you)
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I am not defending meth. In fact, I hate it; it almost cost me my life. However, knowing meth like I do (did?), I can only imagine that the sleep deprevation that meth enduces is part of the problem. When I was up on meth (for days), my thought processes were not exactly civil (Saw some wild sh*t due purely to sleep deprevation); mind you, I am not gay, never engaged in such and never (while using or not) sought.
These idiots doing meth AND viagra? Damn, my heart would have exploded.

When I FINALLY kicked meth, I slept for 40+ hours. My room mate woke me 'cause he thought I might be dead. (nice of him to wait for 28 hours)

9 posted on 03/10/2004 11:01:45 PM PST by Michael Barnes
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To: neverdem
Will there be Social Security for the surviving spouses?
10 posted on 03/10/2004 11:06:54 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Why the long face, John?)
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To: unix
Viagara and Meth are heavily used in the infamous circuit parties... and then people are suprised about the sudden raise in HIV infections.
11 posted on 03/10/2004 11:08:00 PM PST by Bismarck
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To: fourdeuce82d; Travis McGee; El Gato; JudyB1938; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Robert A. Cook, PE; lepton; ...
PING
12 posted on 03/10/2004 11:16:37 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem
The expanding recreational use of crystal methamphetamine and Viagra is apparently fueling increases in syphilis, H.I.V. and other sexually transmitted diseases among gay and bisexual men in the United States, according to new studies reported here on Wednesday.

Thank God for that informative study, NOW I understand. /sarcasm

13 posted on 03/10/2004 11:19:03 PM PST by EGPWS
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To: calcowgirl
Smoking and junk food are verboten... but drug use and deviant sex is embraced.

Kinda' like an old rectangle picture in an oval picture frame.

I just "don't" fit does it!

14 posted on 03/10/2004 11:23:50 PM PST by EGPWS
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To: Diddle E. Squat
OK, here's a concern: are these junkies going to burn through antibiotics and hyperbreed resistant strains of non-STD health problems, so their actions impact the general community?

Good question. I remember reading a report about drug-resistant Staph out in Californicanio about these bugs getting spread in jails somehow. It was associated with "bear-hugging", or should that be "bare-hugging"?

15 posted on 03/10/2004 11:33:25 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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To: Polycarp IV
Something to pray for Divine intervention.
16 posted on 03/10/2004 11:49:37 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem
For three consecutive years through 2003, syphilis rates among women have fallen by 50 percent but have increased by 65 percent among men. Among women in 2003, there were 1,229 syphilis cases reported, down from 2,445 in 2000. Among men in 2003, there were 5,844 cases, up from 3,532 in 2000. Gay men accounted for more than 60 percent of all syphilis cases in 2003, compared with 5 percent in 1999.

Approximate Syphilis cases (men):
Year   homosexual (%)  not-homosexual (%)  total
2000:    177     (5%)   3355  (95%)        3532
2003:   3506    (60%)   2338  (40%)        5844
change: 3329 (+1881%)  -1017 (-30%)        2312 (+65%)
It must be scary for doctors treating syphilis to see 20 times as many cases among homosexual men after only three years.


If recreational use of Viagra is contributing to this public health problem, it seems that the government should prosecute that type of prescription drug abuse before they prosecute abuse of prescription painkillers. After all, curbing the spread of STD's in the population is more beneficial to everyone than curing a pain sufferer's addiction.

17 posted on 03/10/2004 11:53:02 PM PST by heleny
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To: neverdem; little jeremiah
Expect medical insurance rates to rise as these folks demand a 'cure'.

Homosexual ping!

18 posted on 03/11/2004 1:05:40 AM PST by NYer (Ad Jesum per Mariam)
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To: neverdem
Male homosexuals and lesbians use crystal meth like candy. STD's are very common. One of the most obvious side effects of sexual promiscuity among homosexuals is an increased chance of early demise from AIDS and syphilis.

There are ads in Los Angeles County gay rags advertising "Vampire Parties" for homosexual men. Rumors are out there these social affairs are meeting places for advanced perversions, blood feasts and satanic cults. Just thought I would post this warning.

It appears to me that Gibson's portrayal of the Devil as a woman with a man's voice was a subtle comment on homosexual subcultures. However, I could be mistaken.

19 posted on 03/11/2004 2:59:43 AM PST by ex-Texan
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To: neverdem
I am beginning to favor the Cuban solution.

HIV positive, or full blown AIDS carriers should be isolated on some inconvenient island off the coast.

Regards,

20 posted on 03/11/2004 3:52:22 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Jimmy Valentine
Many of us took the view that Quarantine was the appropriate way of dealing with AIDS/HIV from the beginning. Doesn't have to be an island, we could give them a good chunk of a state in which they could have a vast gay equivilent of the leper colonies of old: rural Utah or Nevada might be suitable, or parts of Arizona or New Mexico. I know! Give them all of Arkansas as thanks for sending us Bill Clinton!
21 posted on 03/11/2004 5:05:25 AM PST by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo [Gallia][Germania][Arabia] Esse Delendam --- Select One or More as needed)
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To: neverdem
They are not Gay. They are Perverts!!!!!!
22 posted on 03/11/2004 5:13:08 AM PST by verity
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Too bad Dr. Wong didn't do his research in Bangkok, though I guess San Francisco is equally appropriate.
23 posted on 03/11/2004 5:55:53 AM PST by b4its2late (Place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark!)
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To: neverdem
It has long been known that homosexual men were much more likely to use illegal drugs and get STD's.
24 posted on 03/11/2004 5:57:46 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Crystal users in the study were twice as likely as nonusers to have engaged in unprotected receptive anal intercourse. In the men's last anal sex encounter, 6 percent had used Viagra

I need some help here. What role would Viagra play in "receptive" anal intercourse?

or do I really not want to know?

25 posted on 03/11/2004 6:01:14 AM PST by TheRightGuy (ERROR CODE 018974523: Random Tagline Compiler Failure)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
....Another NYT Report:

-- Guns cause Gun violence
-- Viagra causes VD

Oh, what a Utopian world we will have when we rid the world of guns and Viagra!!!!!
26 posted on 03/11/2004 6:03:29 AM PST by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: neverdem
The '04 Super bowl halftime commercials opened my Eyes Wide Shut with all the Viagra type ads:

What's a Queer to do --- He takes a Viagra, gets a 4 hour erection and has no choice but to walk into a couple of SF bars:
27 posted on 03/11/2004 6:08:53 AM PST by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: CatoRenasci
"I know! Give them all of Arkansas as thanks for sending us Bill Clinton!"

An idea whose time has come!

Regards,

28 posted on 03/11/2004 7:06:31 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: *Homosexual Agenda; EdReform; scripter; GrandMoM; backhoe; Yehuda; Clint N. Suhks; saradippity; ...
Homosexual Agenda Ping -

More from the Tsunami of Sewage(tm).

Right, being "gay" is JUST like being "regular". Sure, all my friends go on the internet to fiind anonymous sex partners - doesn't everyone???

let me know if anyone wants on/off this ping list.
30 posted on 03/11/2004 8:02:31 AM PST by little jeremiah (...men of intemperate minds can not be free. Their passions forge their fetters.)
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To: little jeremiah
Bump


What We Can Do To Help Defeat the "Gay" Agenda


Homosexual Agenda: Categorical Index of Links (Version 1.1)


The Stamp of Normality

31 posted on 03/11/2004 8:09:16 AM PST by EdReform (Support Free Republic - All donations are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support!)
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To: neverdem
Its the Internet's fault, no its Viagra and meth, when are they going to realize its the lifestyles fault!
32 posted on 03/11/2004 8:18:41 AM PST by N3WBI3
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To: Jeff Chandler; All
Will there be Social Security for the surviving spouses?

What a question, so pregnant with possibility without progeny or responsibility. The timing couldn't be better. The left advocates as if this is the epitome of Western Civilization while the Social Security trust fund, the Ponzi scheme of all time that demands a constant infusion of new contributors, approaches the precipice.

We're told not to be intolerant of same sex marriages as the rate of divorce in heterosexuals is so high, 50% or more, and there's so much promiscuity in heterosexual marriages. We're expected to ignore the famous promiscuity of homosexuals at the same time homosexual transmission of HIV/AIDS is responsible for the majority of cases in this country.

We're told with a straight face that same sex marriage, supposedly because of it's binary arrangement, doesn't necessarily mean other arrangements are permissible or inevitable. But why not polygamy or polyandry when that's what those folks want, and we must make up for the lack of progeny in same sex marriages and meet the demands of Social Security. We need more bodies to contribute to Social Security, whether by procreation or immigration.

Why must incestuous relations be forbidden if the dominant individual really needs to have sex with another member of the family who's not the spouse? They can use condoms, birth control or abortions to avoid genetic mishaps. Any psychological trauma should receive appropriate therapy from any society that really cares for its members.

What's wrong with really loving your little Fido. The critter must enjoy it as much as you. There's no problem with transmitting pathogens between species. We have antibiotics and 21st century science.

God help us, please. Between socialism and hedonism, if this is the epitome of Western Civilization we are doomed, or should be.

33 posted on 03/11/2004 9:09:31 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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To: Jimmy Valentine
I'm inclined towards an island in shark infested waters.
34 posted on 03/11/2004 9:20:47 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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To: TRY ONE
-- Guns cause Gun violence -- Viagra causes VD

LOL

35 posted on 03/11/2004 9:25:04 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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