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Mexico City to Give Out Free Viagra

November 17, 2008 07:00 AM
by Isabel Cowles
Mexico City plans to offer free Viagra to men aged 70 and older in an effort to make citizens happier.

Viagra Key to Happiness?

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Beginning on Dec. 1, Mexico City health care professionals will give men aged 70 and older free Viagra and other impotence drugs. According to Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, sexuality "has a lot to do with quality of life and our happiness."

Drugs including Viagra, Cialis and Levitra will be distributed through centers that specialize in sexual health for the elderly, said City Health Secretary Armando Ahued.

Ebrard is not the only one who believes that sexual activity improves happiness. In 2004, Dartmouth College economist David Blanchflower and Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick in Britain performed a study analyzing data on the self-reported happiness and sexual activity of 16,000 people.

The investigation, “Money, Sex and Happiness: An Empirical Study,” showed that engaging in sex once a week can be as gratifying as earning an extra $50,000 per year for the average American. According to a WebMD description of the results, the “’econometric’ calculations confirm what psychologists have long known: People who consider themselves happy are usually richer in sexual activity.”

Dr. Chris Hoagy of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in Australia, believes that the availability of Viagra has caused many men to visit their general practitioners with greater frequency, and has opened them up to honest dialogue with medical professionals.

In a paper published on the Men’s Awareness Network, Hoagy explains, “Discussion of impotence provides a great chance to check for illness, promote health and discuss the benefits of healthy living. As such [Viagra] has already proven itself as a major help in GPs promotion of men's health.”

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