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I am a 44-year-old gay man. Will poppers help relax my body to so that I can receive anal sex? What exactly are poppers?

Poppers are a form of amyl nitrate, butyl nitrate or other related compound, all powerful chemicals that relax blood vessels and certain types of muscle like the anus muscle. The effects of poppers are short-lived, usually 30 minutes or less, and are often used to intensify orgasm.

Use of poppers have been associated with harmful effects on the immune system and increased risk for HIV. In general, popper use is to be avoided and not part of healthy and safe sex.

To your health,
Dr. K

Last modified on Tuesday, June 03, 2008.
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