Chilean town giving free Viagra to senior citizens

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - A working class suburb of Chile's capital began handing out free Viagra to senior citizens on Wednesday. Lo Prado Mayor Gonzalo Navarrete said he launched the program because "an active sexuality improves the overall quality of life."

About 1,500 residents of the working-class area are eligible to receive as many as four pills of the erectile dysfunction drug each month, the mayor said. They have to be at least 60 and be registered with the municipality's health service.

"A doctor will have to certify that they suffer from erectile dysfunction and that their condition would not put them in danger of suffering cardio-respiratory side effects," Navarrete told The Associated Press by telephone.

He said he has assured about US$10,000 (euro6,400) in financing for the program through the end of the year.

Some government insurance plans in the United States and elsewhere provide Viagra, but Lo Prado hands the 50mg pills out free, with no membership in any public or private insurance plan required.

Navarrete said some other mayors in the Santiago area, which includes 34 municipalities, have told him they plan similar programs.

Navarrete said he did not know how many pills had been distributed so far.

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In old folks' homes. Keeps em from rollin out of their beds.

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I wonder how many of those senior ladies are happy about this. While there are many old ladies who are still into gettin it on, I'd bet that most were secretly relieved when their hubby couldn't get it up anymore. Aging can cause problems sexually for old ladies as well as old men - it may be difficult for many of them to keep up with their newly revitalized husbands. I wonder how many of these men will start to wander - big manhood & egos intact once more. I read a couple of articles a few years ago, where old ladies were bitching that their husbands were on Viagra & cursing the doctor for giving it to them. I have a feeling that if my dad started on Viagra & got all lusty again my mom probably wouldn't be too thrilled about it. (they're in their 80's). Men tend to age better than women - very unfair, but they do. They don't seem to get cellulite or wrinkles as bad as women do, and grey hair looks good on men, where it often makes women look drab. I can just see all these shriveled up old geezers wanting to do the hot & heavy, thinking they are studs again.

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