With STDS on the Rise, Men Need Regular Sexual Health Checkups

Published: June 16, 2014

June is Men’s Health Month, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America is encouraging men of all ages to take charge of their sexual health by getting regular checkups and, if they are sexually active, regular testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV.

"The truth is that not enough men get the checkups and preventive care they need. It can be easy to take your health for granted, but preventive care is a critical part of staying safe, healthy, and happy for men," said Dr. Vanessa Cullins, PPFA vice president of external medical affairs.

Men are less likely than women to visit the doctor until they’re experiencing the symptoms of a serious ailment. Twenty-four percent of men don’t have a usual source of health care. Twenty-one percent of men didn’t have a health care visit at all in 2012.

"Protecting themselves against sexually transmitted diseases is one of the most important things men can do to protect their health," said Cullins. "STDs, if left untreated, can lead to serious health outcomes."

Rates of STDs among men are on the rise in the U.S. It’s important for men to think about getting tested for STDs as a basic part of staying healthy and taking control of your sex life — and it’s easier than ever before.

Many STDs don’t cause any symptoms, so the only way to know your status for sure is to get tested. ?STD tests are quick, simple, and painless. For example, rapid HIV tests can provide results in as fast as 20 minutes from just a swab inside the mouth.?

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