WASHINGTON — A new kind of poppers making the round among gays are more dangerous than the traditional amyl nitrite kind that gay men have used for years with sexual activity HealthDay News (a division of U.S. News & World Report) and other agencies report citing research from the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health.
New products being sold as poppers are more dangerous “huffing” solvents that pose serious health risks including a potentially deadly heart rhythm disorder called “sudden sniffing death,” researchers said.
Other potential risks from the new poppers include short-term delirium, memory and thinking problems, and nerve damage, the study authors said in a journal news release.
Despite the increasing use of, and risks posed by, these huffing solvents being marketed as poppers, they have received little attention in the gay or mainstream media or in addiction textbooks, according to a research team led by Dr. Timothy Hall of the University of California, Los Angeles, HealthDay reports.
Gay men can easily be introduced to these products by sexual partners without being aware of the dangers, Hall and his colleagues said.
Physicians also need to understand the dangers and alert their patients, the study authors added.