Tuberculosis, a bacterial infection that targets the lungs, is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, according to data from the World Health Organization. Happily, TB infections in the United States have been at record lows in recent years.
However, a recently published Egyptian study discovered a disturbing link between latent (asymptomatic) TB infections and severe erectile dysfunction. It has been theorized that the chronic inflammation that is characteristic of TB can lead to atherosclerosis, which in turn sharply reduces blood flow to the penis and causes ED.
The Egyptian study, published in an early 2018 issue of the “International Journal of Impotence Research,” should serve as a heads-up to men who travel to countries where TB infection is widespread. Such countries include China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, and South Africa. While TB is uncommon in the United States, it is more widely diagnosed in people with weakened immune systems, including those infected with the HIV virus, substance abusers, diabetics, the chronically homeless, and those suffering from severe kidney disease.
The Egyptian study also found that the incidence of latent TB infections was much higher among men with severe ED than in those whose ED was mild or moderate.
By the way, for men whose ED symptoms are caused by insufficient blood flow to the penis, Viagra and the other oral ED drugs known as PDE5 inhibitors are the first line of treatment. To purchase any of these drugs, you will need a prescription. If you have a script from your doctor, you can have it filled at a local pharmacy or order the drug online from a reliable online supplier such as AccessRx.com. If you decide to go the latter route, simply fax your prescription or scan and email it along with your order to AccessRx.
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