When seniors use ED drugs, can you guess what health problem follows?

I’ve told you about a friend of mine who wonders if we’ll soon be hearing about a Generation V. That would be sort of a sub-generation of kids with older parents due to widespread use of Viagra and other ED drugs.

But it turns out that a bunch of septuagenarians rooting on their 10-year-old kids at Little League is the least of our concerns with the revived friskiness that ED drugs bring.

New research in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows a sharp rise in the number of cases of sexually transmitted disease among men over the age of 40.

And my guess is that that’s at least partly because of another finding of the study–that men in their 50s are six times LESS likely to use a condom compared to men in their 20s.

The lead researcher, Anupam B. Jena, M.D., gave Reuters Health this theory, which I’m sure he didn’t intend to be humorous: “We are typically unaccustomed to practice safe sex over the age of 50, because the risk of pregnancy is eliminated.”

Eliminated? Ummm…Doc, you may need a few more days in sex ed–or at least you should read up on Pablo Picasso a bit.

And men…unless you’re in a monogamous relationship where you’ve both been tested, don’t assume sex is safe, regardless of the risk of pregnancy. This is one case where you can clearly learn from the 20-somethings.

To Your Good Health,

Jenny Thompson


“Viagra-popping seniors lead the pack for STDs” Frederick Joelving, Reuters Health, 7/5/10, reutershealth.com