The Link Between Sexually Transmitted Diseases and ED Drugs
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a medical condition that often goes untreated in millions of men across Canada and the world. It is a condition that many men feel too embarrassed to talk to their doctors about. As a result, only a handful of men get the treatment they truly need. Over the counter medication from online pharmacies is the leading way in which most men obtain the ED drugs they need to rectify the situation. However, a poor understanding of the disease and few authoritative speakers on the subject cause many men to make poor drug choices that in turn lead them to make even riskier moves that can end up causing them to acquire sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
What is erectile dysfunction and how is it linked to STDs?
According to the Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2 out of every 10 men under the age of 40 suffer from ED – and not just ED, but severe ED. Erectile dysfunction, in short, is the inability of a man to maintain an erection prior to or during intercourse.
The condition has numerous causes chief of which are stress, age, smoking, and substance abuse. Most ED cases can be easily treated with the right medication and or lifestyle change.
Afraid to admit that something is wrong, many men, especially young men facing ED are prone to engaging in risky sexual behavior that puts them in danger of contracting sexually transmitted diseases in order to prove that they really are ‘man enough’ in that department.
Studies carried out by the Massachusetts General Hospital found out that men who were on ED drugs were on average two to three times more likely to have an STD during their treatment process. The study was carried out over more than 1 million men, where their drug history was analyzed and the state of their sexual health before they began taking the ED drugs and during the time they used the pills was studied.
The study led by Dr. Anupam B. Jena could not, however, place a definitive link between erectile dysfunction and sexually transmitted diseases. All that could be ascertained was that there should be more targeted treatment and teaching of safer sex to this particular group of individuals.
What are the common ED Drugs?
The three most common ED Drugs that are available at My Canadian Pharmacy are Levitra, Viagra, and Cialis. These three rule the roost and their ease of availability make them the most convenient drugs to purchase for a night out on the town. If you intend on purchasing these drugs over-the-counter then you are going to need a prescription form from your doctor. If you don’t have a prescription form you can always make your purchases online.
All three drugs are taken orally and prior to sexual intercourse.
Reasons for men on ED Drugs getting more STDs
Well, this one is a bit obvious if you ask us. The more sexual intercourse you engage in, the higher your chances are of getting an STD. Erectile dysfunction medication is taken under the assumption that a man will be engaging in sexual intercourse. While under the intoxicated drug state, it is important to still maintain and practice safe sex between partners. Erectile dysfunction drugs do not act as barriers to sexually transmitted diseases and hence should not be used as substitutes for condoms and other protective measures. All care must still be taken to safeguard oneself and one’s health.
While no conclusive clinical evidence exists to make a direct and solid claim to explain the link between erectile dysfunction and sexually transmitted diseases, it still does not take away from the fact that men on ED drugs are known to get more STDs than their non-ED drug taking counterparts.
The only precaution that can be recommended to help reduce the risk of catching an STD is that of practicing safer sex. Canadian Pharmacy advocates that you disclose your sexual status to your partner and any STDs prior to engaging in sexual intercourse. Use condoms and other protective measures. Get tested often to know your own sexual health status and be faithful to your partner. All these will go a long way in helping to reduce and bring down the number of STDs among men in general particularly those on ED drugs.