Men's Health

The Men's health service offers comprehensive health care with special attention to the unique health needs of men of all ages, races, cultures or sexual orientations. The physical exam includes a clinical component, laboratory testing such as glucose (diabetes), lipid profile, HIV, STD tests where indicated.  Concerns regarding male genitalia and sexual functioning, and risks for sexually transmitted diseases are addressed.

There is a health education component in which preventive care – especially condom use, smoking cessation, drug and alcohol counseling - is emphasized.

Men's Health

  1. Male exam

For a routine male exam, patients should schedule an appointment with a health provider of their choice. This evaluation focuses on detection of sexually transmitted diseases, hernias and testicular cancer screening. Complaints such as groin, anal or testicular pains, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation are addressed. Make an appointment.

  1. Costs for testing

There is no cost for visits by full-time students and recommended testing is free for students with the United Health Care Student Insurance Plan. However, full-time students who have waived insurance, are assessed a fee for laboratory tests and immunizations. If the student is part-time, there is also a per-visit health fee.  Fees are payable at the time of the visit.

  1. HPV vaccine for males

All males are recommended to have HPV vaccine, a three-part vaccine series, to protect against HPV infection, genital warts or genital cancer, throat or colorectal cancers. This vaccine is recommended by CDC for boys from age 11 to age 21 if heterosexual, or to age 26 if they have sex with men. The cost is covered through United Health Care Student Health Insurance Plan. Alternatively, students who have waived the insurance can pay directly, and utilize receipt and claim forms for reimbursement, which is usually 100%.

  1. Sexual assault of men

Men are also sexual assault victims at times, and they are even more unlikely to report sexual assault. The deleterious effects of sexual assault in men is as serious as it is in women, and needs to be handled sensitively as described in the Sexual Assault Services website.

Men's and Women's Health Questions & Answers

  1. What to expect regarding history taking

Health providers are sensitive and well educated about the needs of all patients, and comfortable in discussing all sexual lifestyles. Though questions might seem personal at times, accuracy in reporting one's sexual behaviors and experiences may be critical to a student's medical health management.

  1. What are STI's (Sexually Transmitted Infections)?

Students often ask to be tested for “everything”. Sexually transmitted infections can be transmitted to the vagina, penis, skin, throat, blood stream, or colorectal mucosa through intimate contact. The most commonly diagnosed STIs in sexually active college students are chlamydia, human papilloma virus (HPV), genital herpes, and gonorrhea. We test for these infections, as well as for syphilis, Hepatitis B and C, and HIV/AIDS by blood, urine tests, swabs of the cervix, throat or rectal cultures, as indicated. Some of these tests have charges. Some of these infections are preventable by vaccination – this includes Hepatitis B and HPV. We urge all students to use condoms for contraception, and as an effective barrier against STIs.

  1. What is PrEP, a daily pill that prevents getting HIV?

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from establishing a permanent infection.

When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%. PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently.PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. But people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every 3 months.