College age men die or are injured three times more often than women. Half of these are preventable deaths that result from risk taking and poor health behaviors.
Whether you are interested in discussing health risk behaviors such as sexually transmitted infections, receiving information on how to perform self testicular exams, discussing contraception choices, or addressing acute care needs, a Men’s Preventive Health Visit offers expanded counseling on topics specifically geared toward men.
The following health concerns are commonly managed at Rutgers Health Services:
- Testicular or scrotal pain, swelling or lumps
- Painful urination or urethral discharge
- Difficulty voiding or weak urinary stream (possible prostate problem)
- Rash or bumps in the genital area
- Erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.
CAUTION: Males with sudden and/or severe genital pain should call for an immediate appointment: 848-932-7402
Tips for health promotion and risk reduction:
To decrease your risk, every day you should:
- If you smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco, quit or cut down
- Avoid high-risk drinking and recreational drugs
- Wear seatbelts, avoid aggressive driving, and never driving under the influence of alcohol
- If you are sexually active, use condoms and practice safe sexual practices
- Watch your fat intake and eat at least 5 – 9 servings of vegetables and fruit daily
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes most days of the week
- Be aware of stress, anxiety, and mood changes
- Protect yourself from the sun – use sunscreen and dress appropriately.
On a monthly basis, you should:
- Be aware of your weight – check your body mass index (BMI)
- Practice monthly testicular self-exams to screen for testicular cancer
- Perform a self-examination for unusual moles or other skin conditions.
Yearly you should:
- Have your blood pressure checked at least once a year. If you have several readings at 140/90 or above, schedule an appointment to have it evaluated
- Have a dental checkup once or twice a year
- Get a flu shot
- If you are over weight or obese, have a family history of diabetes, are from certain ethnic groups, including African-Americans and Native Americans, or have high blood pressure or high cholesterol: have a blood test for diabetes every three years
- Have your cholesterol checked every 5 years if you are over 35 or have an immediate family member with high cholesterol.
- Get STD testing if you have had multiple partners or any sexually transmitted diseases.
- Consider HIV testing if you have had multiple partners, are a man having sex with a man, or have injected illegal drugs.
- Make certain you have had the Hepatitis B vaccine and get a tetanus booster every 10 years.
- Make certain you have the Hepatitis A vaccine if you are a man having sex with men.