The Viagra Epidemic Among Young Men And Its Dangers | High Society


The first time we had sex, -Yeah.
-I was using Viagra. -No, you’re lying. -Nah.
-No, you’re lying. -I, I was…
-No you’re lying! -No, you’re lying.
-I’m not. -You’re lying.
-I’m being deadly serious. Why? When you hear the word Viagra
you might think of old men keeping the dream alive with blue pills
prescribed by doctors or ordered online
from dodgy websites that assault your spam folder. Boom! Erectile dysfunction treatment. Well, let me tell you,
the times, they are a changin’ with the advent of Viagra Connect
in March 2019, which can be bought over the counter
without a prescription, grossing £4.3 million in
it’s first 12 weeks, and the almost hysterical spread
of glossy online websites marketed specifically to
millennials and Gen Z. This trendy marketing alongside the
removal of the embarrassment of doctor’s appointments has started to
normalise Viagra use amongst young men who don’t suffer from
erectile dysfunction, including myself. That night I took a Viagra.
Worst decision of my life. Annual sales of Viagra and
its competitors now amount to over $5 billion. And it is also the most
counterfeited drug in the world. Put your hand up if you’ve
taken Viagra. My name is Obi Juwah, a 24-year-old healthy
young man without ED who takes Viagra. I’m hoping to discover what’s behind
this boner renaissance, and whether young
men like myself really should be taking
erectile dysfunction medication. The first time I took Viagra,
it was pilly willy basically. One of my dealer friends,
he offered some pills. We took some.
We found some girls that we knew, started chatting to them. We were lipsin’, about to get down to
business, and my dick was asleep. In my head I was like, “What the
f**k is wrong with me? Like, s**t, this has never
happened before.” So that’s the reason why I started
taking it more, and I got a bad dick report one time. Tell me that wouldn’t
fuck you up, just slightly. “I’m still disappointed in
the trash dick I got yesterday.” Bro, I was actually shaking.
And then she sent another one. “Oh my God, you’re so tight.” “First of all we didn’t
do enough foreplay.” So I was like, “OK, I don’t
really like this feeling, how can I avoid
it from happening?” I wasn’t getting into any pharmacy
and asking for Viagra. Firstly, the confidence I had. Hell!
I would be so embarrassed, and secondly, they would be
looking at me like, “You’re obviously lying, you’re a
young man what do you need it for.” It’s very easy to get. So I just googled it. Look at this website
right here: ‘hims’ I think they are quite
cynically targeting people my age or
Gen Z or whatever. Looks like a f***ing
Urban Outfitters website. It’s just seeming
like the end goal is to make Viagra usage in young
people just normal. Oh Snap! This is the
one I take then. Sildenafil and Tadalafil. Oh my God, they’ve given it
little pet names as well. Lasts up to 36 hours! Big Man! We know which
one we are getting. There’s a 36… there’s a 36 hour Viagra.
What the f**k! That’s unnecessary! In my current stage of life I take Viagra from time to time.
I’m not always on it but maybe if there’s some situation where I think
that, “Oh my god she’s stunning” and she’s actually
giving me time of day, I might bring it along
with me or I might use it. But I do want to
get to a point in my life where I’m like, “I don’t need this” and
maybe I can prevent other people from actually going down
the same path that I did and buying it so willy nilly because
they think that they need it. Nobody actually needs it unless you
actually have erectile dysfunction. One of the biggest reasons Viagra has
suddenly spread to young men is the ability to buy it on a high
street without a prescription. I went to a pharmacy to see how easy
the process is now. So I just bought some Viagra. It was quite an easy experience like
they gave me a little questionnaire and then she went through all of the
health risks and stuff like that. They asked me if I had
erectile dysfunction. I didn’t straight out lie to them
but I said that sometimes I have symptoms of it,
it does happen from time to time. I basically got Viagra within
like two minutes of walking into a high street pharmacy brand. Considering how easy it is to
get your hands on Viagra. I was surprised to hear some people
still get it from a dealer. But strangely this scene
is still thriving. I went up to Birmingham to meet
one such dealer who serves his Viagra with a side of dildo. I’m gonna drop a dildo off and a packet of liquid Viagra. Why would you say like people come
to you rather than going over the counter and buying
it from like Boots and s**t? I mean you go to Boots, chemists and
you’re paying all that money for only half the dosage and
you’ve gotta sign a disclosure form. You know, nobody wants
to do that really. Who are your customers? I have more young
customers than I do over 40s -Swear down?
-I do yeah. Jeez! Do you think you’ve noticed
an increase in usage like more in the recent times? Most definitely. Most definitely. They call this one ‘The Snapper’,
it splits down the middle. You can snap it in half and that will
split in half so she could have half or you could have half because
it works on women as well. Oh snap! That would make her clitoris erected. These you’d rip off or you would cut it with a scissors and this
would get you really hard. Yeah. Fantastic product. But the young kids
like these because if they’re coming out of a nightclub and they’re
sniffed up with coke and they know it ain’t gonna work and
they’ve just pulled a bird they’ll take that and it’ll start
working in 10 minutes without them,
without the bird even knowing. I’m just gonna pop
to this customer. OK? Bust your shot rudeboy.
Rah, this is the dildo. Pearl and shine
blowing vibrator. Rah. And then the Viagra obviously. It’s for a guy. He’s in his 50s.
He loves them. Oh, and another, yeah,
this is a vibrator as well. It’s a good toy. And err, oh God, there is a cockring
in there somewhere. -It’s in the back.
-Oh, I think I found it. Yep yep. There you go. So he’s gonna have a nice afternoon
with his partner. -Alright?
-Yeah. We’re on our way to a pub now. So what, do you get a lot of
deliveries at pubs? -Oh mainly pubs, yeah.
-Swear! How old are you? I’m 24. Ah, bloody hell. Well, you don’t need them. What you need is what I sell
a lot of: delayed spray. I mean I’ve took it once in my life. I couldn’t come and I ended up
snapping my foreskin and I never used it again. F**k! That’s the truth. After meeting with
Viagra Kev and seeing how like it might be a
bit embarrassing to talk about your dick
to a stranger, to any doctor filling in a quiz, when on the other hand you can
literally just give my man a call and he’s there in your house,
within a couple of hours innit. But with that being said,
it’s a bit ropey. Viagra is a strong piece of medicine, like it needs to be given to you,
prescribed to you. What I want to do is speak to a
doctor, to find out whether this, like, ease of purchase for people that actually
don’t even have ED, whether that causes a
psychological problem down the line or even health risks. Basically I’ve been taking
Cialis and I don’t have erectile dysfunction. And why have
you been taking it? Just as a way that
I’m sure that I can get up when I’m about to have sex. Now the problem when you’re going to
take a pill to help you with your erections is that you will be
dependent on these pills for the rest of your life and so it’s
almost like you’re dependent on something when you don’t
really need it. What you’re describing seems to me
like performance anxiety rather than a physical weak erection or
actually what’s probably happening to you is that each time
you are with your partner you are expecting failure. In my head I’ve been thinking that
girls would expect me to f**k them like a porn star and like
last hours in bed. Have you spoken to your partners
about what they want? Why don’t you try speaking to
your partner about what she expects from you? Are there any risks involved other
than the psychological dependency? The other problem that can happen is
priapism, which is a prolonged erection lasting more than six hours. The problem when you have this
prolonged erection is that there is no active circulation so there is not
enough oxygenated blood reaching these tissues so smooth muscles of
the penis begin to die and scar. And therefore you can permanently
develop genuine weak erection with scarring and shrinking of the penis. And one last thing. What the hell is this? This is a penile implant or penile
prostheses and it’s used to treat men with physical weak erection
when nothing else works. So men… or when
you get a priapism. You have these two balloons that go inside the penis. You have this reservoir that goes
inside your tummy and you have this pump in your scrotum. When you want
to achieve an erection you will squeeze the pump like this. And what you see is happening: fluid
is migrating from the reservoir filling the cylinders. Everything is good
if you really need it. If you don’t need it, why? It seems the
best thing I can do is work on my confidence and speak to my
partners rather than use erectile dysfunction medicine
as a temporary fix. Hearing about priapisms and
dick pumps has pranged me out as well, and I wanted to hear about
these horrific consequences from someone that’s going
through it currently. This guy took Viagra and an
enhancement injection on a night out and is now hospitalised
with a three week erection, which might spell
the end of his dick. Man, how are you
feeling right now? Well, right now I just feel a bit
rubbish so that’s great compared to the agonising pain
I was going through. Talk us through that
fateful day please. I was at Lab. A men-only
fetish party in Berlin. I take Viagra because it’s hard for
me to get an erection when I’m drinking due to my anxiety
medication. Anyway, I’m at the party,
I meet a man, I took him home turns out he was quite into giving
people erection enhancing injections. I wasn’t a big fan of the idea, but I was drunk and I thought,
“What could possibly go wrong?” Yeah. Worst decision of my life. The Sunday morning I realised that
there was something very wrong. The level of pain was
just getting worse and worse. I didn’t go to hospital
until 3pm on Sunday. I was screaming in an ambulance. I could barely walk and then
the procedures themselves would sound like they were
medieval torture. Needles of different lengths
inserted into my penis with the blood drawn out
didn’t work. Curly plastic nails
pushed into each side. I lost a lot of blood and was
very sick for a few days. It didn’t work. I’ve been in more pain than
I thought was humanly possible to experience. So yeah, over 10 on the pain scale. What are the next stages
of your medical treatment? Well it really depends how my cock
responds naturally, the stent might close on its own. One of the worst case scenarios is a
pump put into your scrotum into your ballsack. By shining a light on priapisms I’m just really grateful and feel
humble that I’ve been able to potentially save so many guys from
this horrible painful condition. Clearly, Viagra is a stronger
drug than people think. And I’m realising more and more that
it’s not something I want to rely on. One of the reasons I turn to is that
I’ve always felt alone in my anxieties about performance. With male society
so drenched in bravado, no one chats about this honestly. I wanted to meet men
who occasionally or regularly turn to the drug, talk about
our #feelings and get to the bottom of this growing popularity
among young men. I brought you guys in here today
because we all take Viagra and I think it’ll be better for
society if you have a open and honest conversation. I think we should all be able to talk
about our dicks without getting embarrassed, and also guys I’ve been told that there’s a
gospel session going on in the next room so just try to keep
the dick talk to a little bit… a little minimum. So put your hand up if
you’ve taken Viagra. Who here would like to get to a
point where they don’t have to take Viagra anymore. So yeah, what’s your
name and what’s your story? Hi, I’m Samora and
I’ve been using viagra well, sporadically I would
say for about two years. I was going through
a bit of a sort of like an under confident
spell to be honest. Because of that your
mind then goes on to the fact that you can’t perform. When it starts
to happen more frequently, that’s when it starts to become
like, “All right, s**t, like this is happening more
often than I thought it would.” My name’s Jason.
Hey everyone. So I take viagra just recreationally
when I’m combining it with chemsex. So like meeting guys,
and Mandy, drone, T. Just those things where you
just know, you pre-empt that you’re not going to be
able to get it up, so you’ve got to pop a bluey. My name’s Luke, I did viagra once
as a bit of a an experiment and it was really exciting. It was like, “It vibrates!” “That’s incredible. I’ve never…” You know that sense of it looks
the same size but a little bit bigger, it’s really weird. Hello my name is Dima. I do bodybuilding and, as well as
that, I take Viagra because, as taking steroids you have some side
effects so you need to take Viagra when you cannot perform. So I’m Ricardo and I was seeing
a girl that I met on Tinder. She had such a high sex drive
and I knew I couldn’t match that and I felt like I had to take Viagra. I felt like I’d then set
the bar really high. I was like I’m either gonna take this
for life and just never tell her and have loads of great sex or
I should just stop taking it and just call that a good night. So I’m Jamil and I was in a
relationship and my partner actually committed suicide and it
left me riddled with all kinds of – Sorry to hear that.
– insecurities and… but I was like, well,
kept popping the pills, the Viagra, being
like, “It’s fine.” And it’s just like a little plaster
really on a big open wound like I never actually addressed the
underlying issues. Actually taking it, like, it kind of hurt inside a bit
I was like, “This… I should be able
to do this.” Like, “This is what young men
should do, you know.” Because we are programmed to, that is the primary function, the
biological function is to be able to get hard and have sex. Having had issues, loads of issues,
around sexuality and intimacy there’s just so much to be said for working
out these things through therapy. And it’s like even when you’re going
through s**t and you can get it up, you then, you’ve got to deal with the
issue of premature ejaculation. Whilst it’s going on or if you
can’t get it up, you’re thinking, “Ah what is she,
what is my partner thinking.” Like, “Are they gonna blame themselves
are gonna blame me?” “I really like this person, I don’t want them to
feel like it’s their fault.” And some girls do think that.
They get even offended, some girls. “How can I not make the guy come?” Then you’re thinking to yourself, “What is the best excuse
I can come up with?” Is the fear of not being
able to get it up less of a problem
in the gay scene? Or is it around about the same? Yeah yeah yeah.
I’d say so. I think because you’re on a mutual
party where you both have probably had the
circumstance happen to you before. Porn, funnily enough is the biggest teacher to a lot of young
people, their first experiences with sex but it’s so far
removed from how sex normally is. Yeah, 100 percent. Porn puts even
more expectation than just being to be able to perform
like that, like a machine, with a like switch.
Like, “Boom! Perform!” It’s just the phallocentric
nature of heterosexual sex. It’s like this assumption that women
want to get f****d you know, whereas, you know, you can’t get it up,
whatever. If you say, “Sorry I can’t get it up, but would you like 90 minutes
of oral sex?” -They’re not going to be like, “Ow.”
-“That’s a shift, f**k!” Before having sex if
you communicate with your partner, number one, the sex would be better. And number two, even if it is
a one night stand, there’s like a level of trust that
you’ve built with that person. If I’m gonna be open and honest
enough saying like, “I wanna have sex
in this certain way.” Or, “How would you like to have sex?”
Then you might feel open and honest enough to relay that information
back to me. This is very sage advice, but I haven’t always followed
it in the past. I was intimidated by a girl and
took Viagra before sex without telling her. I’ve learned that communication
is clearly key. So I’ve arranged to meet her for
a drink to come clean and speak about my anxieties that led
to me popping the bluey. Maria, I brought you here
today because the first time that we had sex. Yeah. I was, I was, I was using Viagra. No you’re lying. -Nah
-No you’re lying. No you’re lying! -No, you’re lying
-I’m not -You’re lying.
-I’m being deadly serious. Why? Because I was actually so nervous
that I wasn’t going to be able to perform or I wasn’t going to be
able to get a boner or anything, yeah because I remember chatting to you
and genuinely thought like, “Rah, this girl
is really beautiful. I don’t wanna f**k it
up or anything like that.” If, let’s say, we had sex and I couldn’t get up, or like I only
could last two minutes or whatever. We would resolve it together. We’d find ways. So you wouldn’t like think I’m less
of a man or anything like that? No. We resolve it
together. No. -So yeah.
-I’m shook. I’m shook that
you’ve actually done it. -You’re shook?
-Yeah! -Oh wow.
-Have you done it again? Eh? Nah, not with us. -Oh.
-No. You sneaky! As in sneaky! But like, it’s funny
because literally as a guy you’ll be thinking, “Ah f**k! like
she’s now gonna be telling her friends.” And if you can’t perform in the
bedroom like you’re not a man. So like in a situation where
men couldn’t get, like doesn’t get it up, what would your first thought be? My initial first honest thought would
be like, “It’s because of me.” Like, “I’m not hot enough,” like,
“I’m not doing something right.” Because I’ve had that
situation before and I thought OK there’s
something wrong with me. Obviously with guys of this
generation we base a lot of sexual experiences on porn and we sometimes
tend to think that we need to last five hours and hammer it. Yeah but also in porn the girl seems
to be able to suck dick for three hours and I can’t do that! So, I mean, it’s
unrealistic altogether! Would you ever want me to take
Viagra again? The first time that
we done it, it was good. But, comparing that first time to the
other times that we’ve done it the other times were much better
when you didn’t take anything. -Swear down!
-Yeah. Ohhhhhh! Like much better. I never would have actually
expected that, you know. I can’t even lie. Maybe like obviously familiarity
and we know what works -with our bodies and stuff like that.
-Yeah, exactly. Yeah it’s just I think it was just
mainly lack of confidence built up. It’s like you said once you’re
comfortable with that person you don’t even have to think about it
you just go straight into it and it’s like good. It’s all about having the
conversation and like finding OK you know what
this is actually what I like. And then the other person say
like, “Oh this is what my kind of preferences are.” And then you find what works with
like you both and then you don’t need to take it. Yeah I’ve realised that
and through talking to you I’ve realised that I
shouldn’t have worried at all. Exactly! I used to think that I had cracked
life with the secret blue weapon in my wallet that would allow me to own
any sexual situation and be known as the biggest don on Earth. I know now that I was just slapping a
plaster on insecurities that needed to be defeated
through thought and conversation. I’m not alone and I think these
lessons could benefit thousands of men who jumped the gun and bought
Viagra in increasingly easy ways. Marketing specifically targeted at
young men that make erectile dysfunction medicine look cool and
casual is not helpful and may be creating a new generation
who are hooked on the drugs, not able to function
without them. I reached out to one such company,
Men of Manual, with my concerns and they responded. “Our aim is to destigmatize the use
of ED medication so men seek help rather than brush their problems
under the carpet.” I would however argue that taking it
without actual ED is in fact exactly that: brushing it under the carpet. Mandem, if you get
nervous and can’t get it up: Chill. Chat to your partner, and if
all else fails listen to this guy and go down on her for 90 minutes.
You’re welcome. 90 minutes is a
bit long though, still. Maybe like 10 minutes. Fam,
my jaw’s gonna start hurting I swear.

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