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Little Blue Pills: Viagra Use And Gay Men

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Ironically, the same week that Weinstein and Klausner launched the lawsuit, Pfizer admitted for the first time that it may seek approval for an over-the-counter version of Viagra. It's a long-shot strategy to beat the cheaper generic versions just around the corner. And a new generation of PDE5-inhibitors, including topical creams and gels that are easier to apply and faster acting, are also in the works.

As for Justin M., what he wants from Viagra has nothing to do with cheaper, easier, or faster. Although he still packs a quarter of a tab in his wallet, he looks forward to the day when he can throw his crutch away. "I carry a Viagra around with me just in case—in case drinking, or some situation, arises," he said. "I want to be sure I can rise to the occasion, ha ha."

But Justin M. isn't laughing—he's mourning. A bit like a former meth addict who finds sober sex boring compared to the intensities of crystal-fueled bingeing, he regrets ever having tasted the pharmaceutical fruit of knowledge. The rock-hard baseball-bat fantasy-made-flesh is gone, and Supertop's own flesh no longer satisfies. But for a man as self-aware as Justin M., the odds are in his favor. "There are dangers to the drug—there's a price you pay," Justin M. says finally, "and it's not necessarily the HIV-STD-crystal meth stuff you read in the headlines." In fact, it's the stuff in your head.

About Walter Armstrong: Walter Armstrong is a freelance writer and editor in New York who served as the editor-in-chief of POZ magazine for six years. Armstrong has also worked at Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, Us, GQ, OutWeek and numerous other magazines.

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