Results from Phase IIb clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of GSK1838262/XP13512 announced

April 15, 2016

"Nonetheless," Smith added, "older adults need to be aware that they are at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection if they take on a new sexual partner following a spouse's death. For men ages 67 and older, the age group that we studied, the use of medications for erectile dysfunction may contribute to that risk by making sex possible. That said, the lesson applies to all older people with new partners."

The study in the November issue of the American Journal of Public Health found that gonorrhea was the most common STD in men, while trichomoniasis was most common in women. Other STDs included syphilis, genital herpes, HIV and human papilloma virus (HPV).

Rebecca Hamm, spokesperson for Pfizer, the maker of Viagra, said, "Pfizer encourages all men with ED to see their doctor for a proper diagnosis and to discuss symptoms, treatment options and safe sexual practices. It is clearly stated in the Viagra product label, all product patient communications and television advertising that Viagra does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV."

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