Sexual & General Health

Dying for a hard on?

VIAGRA is one of the most successful drugs in history. It's used to treat men who have problems getting or keeping a hard-on until they cum.

What VIAGRA does is to slow down the blood flow from the cock so that a satisfactory erection can be maintained during sex, the cock then softens in the normal way after the guy has cum. It works really well in about 70% of cases where guys have problems with erections.

VIAGRA isn�t an aphrodisiac- it can�t make you feel randy, and it won�t improve your performance!

Problems getting a stiffy

Most men have problems getting an erection at some stage or other; it can be caused by stress, tiredness or relationship problems. Underlying problems like undiagnosed diabetes or circulatory problems can cause erectile dysfunction. Men who find that they have issues around getting a stiffy should discuss this with their doctor. YES ... this can be really embarrassing, who wants to discuss the most intimate details of their life with a relative stranger? BUT ... it can lead to the discovery of an illness, which is causing the problem.

Doing it yourself!

Some guys are bypassing this step and buying VIAGRA as a street drug (usually given the street name of POKE). This solves the immediate symptoms, but doesn�t address the cause, and can lead to problems later. Reports on the street suggest that some guys are crushing the tablets and snorting them. This may get some of the drug into the blood stream slightly faster, but it does leave the risk of all of the other chemicals which are used to make the tablet being left in the lungs, with long-term health risks. We also don�t know about all of the possible side effects of using VIAGRA with other unprescribed drugs.

Why do I need to talk to a doctor about Viagra?

VIAGRA is a powerful chemical, which affects blood pressure. Doctors need to be able to discuss do's and don�ts with a man before he takes VIAGRA. POPPERS (amyl nitrate) also affect blood pressure taking both drugs together can cause heart failure, which can lead to DEATH.

VIAGRA doesn�t leave the body immediately, so you�re going to have to wait at least six hours before risking using poppers again. You need to know this before you take VIAGRA. Before doctors issue VIAGRA they look to see that the man isn�t being prescribed any other drugs which contain nitrate and some other drugs like erythromycin, which also shouldn�t be taken with VIAGRA.

A doctor will also talk to the guy about how fit he is. Sex can be pretty strenuous (when we do it right), and can put a strain on the heart. Some men taking unprescribed VIAGRA have had heart attacks because they aren�t used to the exercise.

Doctors can also give important advice to men with hypertension and heart conditions, men who have had a stroke, guys with bleeding disorders, liver problems or peptic ulcers. Men with penis abnormalities (such as Peyronie's disease) also need to talk to their doctor before they take the drug.

HIV and Viagra

Some guys with HIV have problems getting and keeping an erection (this can be caused by worrying about passing the virus on during sex). Men who are on protease inhibitors (especially ritonavir) or delavirdine (a NNRTI) need much lower doses of VIAGRA. It's difficult to predict what a safe dosage for men will be; it really needs to be discussed with a doctor, who understands what's going on.

Can gay men get Viagra on the NHS?

The answer to this, on the whole, is yes. Despite bad press stories most GP's will prescribe VIAGRA to gay men if they feel there is a genuine case of erectile dysfunction. If your GP is one of those who will not prescribe due to the cost of VIAGRA then you may be turned down in the same way that a straight man would be at the same practice. The initial fears about how much VIAGRA would cost the Health Service don�t seem to have become a reality, so the pressure not to prescribe has reduced.

Viagra and safer sex

Remember VIAGRA can give you an erection if you are having problems in getting, or keeping, one. It won't turn you into a love god though. If you think you need VIAGRA go to your doctor and talk about it, be aware that there are real dangers in buying it on the open market. You also need to remember all of the SAFER SEX messages. POKE can allow you to have sex that you might not have been up for before, because you were too pissed, or too out of it. These are risky times, you �forget� to negotiate the sex you�re going to have, condoms are put on wrong and are much more likely to split or come off when you�re out of it


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