NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - 11/23/10) - Research has shown men over the age of 50 are six times less likely to use a condom than younger men. "Divorces and improved health contribute to increased sexual activity among older men," said Dr. J. Francois Eid, renowned urologist who specializes in penile implants and penile prosthesis surgery. In a study from the Annals of Internal Medicine, men who use medications for erectile dysfunction treatment (ED) have higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), especially HIV infection."Older men are unaccustomed to practicing safe sex, especially over the age of 50, because the risk of pregnancy is eliminated," said Dr. Eid, director of Advanced Urological Care and Clinical Associate Professor of Urology at Weill/Cornell Medical College. According to the report, exposure to these diseases happened in the year prior and succeeding the year after use of the drugs, and was largely attributed to increased sexual activity due to the popularity of these medications among middle-aged and older men.The study was conducted on a database of private, employer-based insurance claims from over 40 large companies during the years 1997 to 2006. It compared STD rates in 1,410,806 men older than 40. The study lacked in randomization and selection biased which failed to prove if the ED medications actually caused the increases in STDs. Other limitations of the study included a lack of sexual activity data, inaccurate identification of ED drug use and an underestimation of STD rates.The observations mainly focused on the types of patients using ED drugs instead of the cause and effect. "A good way to combat this trend is to provide counseling on safe sex practices and have patients get screened for STDs, which go hand-in-hand with the prescription of ED drugs," said Eid, "Safe sex counseling should not stop at the age of 40, because no sexually active person is immune to STDs."This report is the reason why Dr. Eid stands by the effectiveness and safety of penile implants, in which he specializes. Eid strongly believes that pre-surgical implant counseling is also important. "I make sure to inform our patients that ED treatments have come a long way, and so have penile implants," explained Eid, "Penile implants offer spontaneity, consistency, and rigidity -- benefits that are difficult to exceed."Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=1433231
J. Francois Eid, M.D.