Serve the Tasty Viagra With a Sidedish of Condoms, Please

I recently read an article on the HarvardScience  site that discussed the increase of STD’s among men who use erectile dysfunction medications and it got my wheels spinning.

The market for ED drugs is huge and will continue to grow as the middle-aged men who already use medications such as Viaga, Cialis, and Levitra slide into their geriatric years with smiles on their faces from their renewed, robust sex lives. Unfortunately, it is apparent that STD’s among this age group will also expand if this problem is not addressed immediately. 

Elderly widowers reach for ED drugs when deciding to finally make that move on the hottie in bingo. Perhaps he came close to contracting a little something while in the service a lifetime ago, but you can almost be certain he isn’t thinking of HIV when he pops the pill and unsnaps his suspenders.

Many couples separate or divorce after twenty or thirty years together, and after being (presumably) sexually devoted to only one person for a few decades, some people don’t take the necessary precautions when becoming sexually involved with a new person. A significant percentage of men in this age group experience a natural decline in testosterone and reach for an ED product to give them a boost. These newly single people have been out of the loop for quite some time and although they’re aware of the risks, I don’t think they believe they’re at risk for contracting an STD. After all, isn’t that something that happens to someone else?

I’m also aware that some people- men and women alike- are just plain irresponsible when they’re involved with multiple partners and aren’t honest about it. He or she leads their partner to believe that they’re in a monogamous relationship when that might be far from the truth. As we’re all aware, one of the many benefits of being in a monogamous relationship is that you don’t have to worry about wrapping that puppy up tight (if you’re using another form of birth control or not concerned about pregnancy, that is).

Regardless of the behind-the-scenes reasons, there is obviously a need for sex education for the users of erectile dysfunction medications. It should begin with a frank doctor-patient discussion when the physician hands over a drug sample or a prescription, but I can’t imagine that always occurs. I know first hand that doctors are short on time and it’s possible some doctors assume that the adults accepting the medications are hip on today’s risks. However, many of the adults requesting the medications are embarrassed enough even asking for the drugs; discussing sex education in addition to the medication is the last thing on their minds. In my opinion, if you’re grown-up enough to ask for ED medications, which require a fair amount of planning, then you’re grown-up enough to plan in advance to have protection on hand.

Once again, this is obviously not the case.

One solution is to provide updated sex education to the users along with a method of protection when introducing an erectile dysfunction drug. 

So here’s my proposal to the makers of erectile dysfunction medications and condom companies (and I will simply use Viagra and Trojan as my example for the sake of simplicity, but please feel free to insert Cialis, Levitra, Durex, Lifestyles, whatever trips your trigger):

I would like to ask Viagra and Trojan to team up in a joint effort to help decrease the number of STD’s among users of erectile dysfunction medications by supplying a limited time offer: a catchy, but effective sex ed mini-pamphlet and one condom with each sample of Viagra.

If this trial sample period is successful, these companies could potentially increase their profits while helping educate the public and decrease the percentage of STD’s among ED users. These educated users could, in turn, discuss their experience with others, thus resulting in not only greater awareness of the need for protection, but their trust and satisfaction in the products. It has the potential to be a much-needed, ground-breaking marketing campaign.

I am aware that ultimately we are responsible for our own sexual health, but there are many people who simply are not up-to-date on today’s risks.  The market for erectile dysfunction medications is going to grow exponentially in the next few decades and we need sex education and the use of condoms among single users rise with it.

This is just one simple idea that has the possibility to alter the current trajectory of STD’s among ED users.

If you think this has potential, please spread the word. Joke around about it with your grandpa or your great-aunt Millie who is now back on the market. Yes, it might feel uncomfortable to bring it up, but please throw it out there anyway.

Awareness is the key. Twitter it. Link this to Facebook or MySpace or whichever social networking site you use. Email the link to erectile dysfunction companies and condom companies and let them know you’d like to see a joint effort in the decrease of STD’s.

The only way to make this change is to spread the word.

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