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any merit to this?
Aug 23, 2009

hey dr. bob, i just read an article that says young people should use viagra to reduce the risk of unsafe sex. what are your thoughts on this? link below: http://www.crassanova.com/2009/08/viagra-promotes-safe-sex/

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

I would be more than skeptical about a Web site called "Crassanova" written by a single guy without any medical credentials (as far as I can tell). Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs are not completely benign pills to be popped like breath mints before a bout of horizontal mattress mambo! The side effect profiles of these agents are impressive. Certainly these drugs are extremely useful when used appropriately. However, the risks would outweigh the benefits if they were taken merely for frivolous reasons, such as to counteract too much alcohol. Crassanova's claims that "vitamin V" will increase safe sex are unsubstantiated. The countervailing argument has also been made that erectile dysfunction drugs given indiscriminately increase unsafe sex by allowing guys high on recreational drugs, which cause impotence, to get erections and have sex. Sex under the influence of recreational drugs or alcohol is more likely to be unsafe, due to a lack of inhibitions resulting from the altered mental state. So to sum up you ask if there is any merit to Crassanova's line of reasoning. The answer is a resounding no. Prescription drugs should be prescribed and used only for specific and warranted clinical indications.

Dr. Bob



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