HIV-positive men who were prescribed erectile dysfunction medication were more likely to be diagnosed with syphilis, according to a cross-sectional analysis done by the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The analysis showed that using such medication was the only independent risk factor for a history of syphilis. The study did not claim that one caused the other, but it did state that it is possible that the use of erectile dysfunction drugs is a marker for some other risk factor for syphilis. The prevalence of syphilis among men getting the drugs was 13.7 percent, compared with 7.8 percent among nonusers, the report stated.
Men taking medication for erectile dysfunction should practice safe sex, especially if they have already been infected with HIV. Three different medications were used in the study, so the correlation is not linked to one particular medication.
If a sexually active individual is unsure of his or her status, they can easily find out with quick and convenient testing. If there is a possibility you have been exposed to an STD, it is important to get tested during the proper window in order to know your status. If someone is showing symptoms of syphilis or HIV, he or she should be tested and refrain from sexual activity until the results are returned.