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Study Links Erectile Drugs, STD Rates in Users Over 40

July 6, 2010

Men over age 40 who use erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs have higher rates of STDs -- particularly HIV -- than same-age peers, according to a Harvard study published today.

Researchers examined a database of employer-based insurance claims made during 1997-2006 and involving 1,410,806 males over age 40. Of the men, 33,968 had filled at least one prescription for an ED drug.

Men who used ED drugs had higher rates of STDs than non-users both during the year before initiating ED therapy (214 vs. 106 annually per 100,000 persons) and the year after (105 vs. 65 per 100,000 population).

After adjusting for age and other comorbid conditions, men who took ED drugs were almost three times more likely to have an STD than non-users. The odds ratio for HIV infection also was higher, 3.32 in the year before and 3.19 in the year after filling an ED drug prescription.

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Comment by: erectile dysfunction drugs (Australia) Sat., Mar. 5, 2011 at 5:37 am EST
I notice that not so many websites address things like self confidence or substance use as a cause of erectile dysfunction. All too often it seems like there's a "real cause" besides something that reflects on the individual, and the conclusion is Viagra or levitate.It is unavoidable though, that things like testosterone levels and injuries do play a large role in achieving an erection!
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