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Men's Health Screening

Men’s health screenings are important areas of physical well-being, which are too often overlooked. Just as women have complex health needs, men have special needs as well! So what exactly is men’s health? It is a combination of routine exams, preventative measures and patient education that aim to reduce male-specific conditions. This may sound confusing, but let’s take Testicular Cancer for example: we encourage men to perform routine testicular self-exams, be educated on the symptoms of this disease and lead a healthy lifestyle to prevent it.

Testicular Exams: A Hands On Approach

Though it can be uncomfortable to “feel yourself up,” who knows your body better than you? Testicular Exams are very important and though it is good to have a doctor examine you, it is recommended by many that you check out yourself monthly. Doing this allows you to catch things before they become serious. Here is how:

    • Step 1: Know what you’re looking for: a lump or hard area on testicle, a completely hard testicle, a partially or completely swollen scrotum or a painful area. Remember, just because there isn’t pain, doesn’t mean there isn’t something wrong!
    • Step 2: Gently roll each testicle between the thumb and fingers of both hands. Your testicles should be firm, smooth and somewhat egg shaped Don’t panic if one seems different than the other, it is completely normal to have testicles that are different sizes.
    • One Step Further: Check everything else. Look around the skin of the scrotum, penis, opening of the penis and foreskin if you have it. Make sure there are no little bumps, sores, swollen or painful spots as these could be signs of an STI (sexually transmitted infection).
    • Step 4: Last but not least, feel your groin on both sides where your leg meets your genitals. Make sure there are no substantial or painful lumps.

What happens if I find something?

Make sure to see a professional immediately if you find something unusual or painful. Your health is literally in your hands!

So What Do I Get Tested For?

Not every infection affects women and men the same. Similarly, men and women are sometimes tested for different things. What do men need to know about testing when it comes to sexual health? Here’s the breakdown guys:

    • We suggest you should be tested for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and Syphilis through a urine or swab test often or if you are concerned that you may have contracted an infection. Check the Student Health Center to see if this test is available. The results are completely confidential and usually are available within a few days.
    • Getting tested for HIV is important if you feel that you are or were at risk for infection. This can be done through a blood or swab test. Check the Student Health Center.
    • A burn doesn’t always mean that it’s an STI. In fact, burning of the urethra or penis opening can also be a symptom of Non-Specific Urethritis or contact irritation from substances such as soap or laundry detergent.
    • Whether it is an STI or just irritation, it is important to remember that these infections can be cured with antibiotics without serious consequences if treated early!

Wrapping It Up

When it comes to men’s sexual health, the most important thing to remember is to wear condoms! This method provides the most protection from both STIs and pregnancy. If you are looking for free condoms, first check the Student Health Center. Other resources such as Planned Parenthood or Women’s Health Specialists give out free condoms.

Gardasil For Men?

Yes. Gardasil, the vaccination that prevents cervical cancer, is now recommended by some for men younger than 25. Though men are not directly affected by cervical cancer, men are carriers of the Human Papillomavirus or HPV that causes this dangerous cancer among women. By getting vaccinated, men are protecting themselves against the strains of HPV that disproportionately cause the most cases of genital warts, while doing their part to stop the spread of the strains which cause cancer.

Do your part. Get vaccinated!

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