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J Sex Marital Ther. 2002 Oct-Dec;28(5):427-37.

A study of the sexuality of opiate addicts.

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  • 1Servicio de Psiquiatria-Hospital S. Joao, Alameda Prof. Hernani Monteiro, 4200-319 Porto, Portugal.


The influence of heroin use on sexual behavior was studied in individuals attending a drug abuse program in Porto, Portugal. As we expected, drug abuse was found mainly to adversely affect sexual behavior. A minority of patients reported improvement in sexual behavior with heroin use. Almost all patients remained sexually active and took no special precautions to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Some patients reported heroin-related sexual effects to be a motivating factor for ceasing drug abuse.

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