Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Hard Times with Viagra. (HIV/AIDS)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Hard Times with Viagra. (HIV/AIDS)

Article excerpt

There's a direct link to gay men's use of Viagra and infection rates for sexually transmitted diseases, according to Jeff Klausner, San Francisco's director of STD prevention. The Advocate spoke with Klausner about his efforts to get Viagra's manufacturer, Pfizer Inc., to add warning labels on the product that would address this link. (Pfizer did not return calls for comment.)

If one in three gay men are using Viagra and one in 12 straight men are using it, are gay men having more trouble getting erections?

The frequency of erectile dysfunction isn't any greater in gay men, but the fact that you need a harder erection for anal intercourse means gay men are more likely to go and seek medications to provide that.

How does Viagra use lead to risky sex?

Gay men are mixing it with speed to reverse chemical erectile dysfunction, also known as "crystal dick." And they have more partners in a fixed amount of time than if they weren't using Viagra.

It allows them to have more sex in less time? …

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