Men's Health at SHS focuses on issues that are important for and specific to students who identify as men, regardless of sexuality or sexual orientation. We provide a wide variety of prevention and treatment services to our men at SHS that address all aspects of physical and emotional health. When scheduling a Men's Health visit, you can either ask for a 30 minute appointment that will involve a full history and physical, or a 15 minute appointment if you have a specific issue you would like your provider to address. Explore the links below for more information on each Men's Health topic.
Medicine Net: Men's Health
Believe it or not, erectile dysfunction or "ED" as it is commonly called, does not just affect older men, and is experienced by many undergraduate and graduate school men. If you notice a change in your desire to have sex or develop an ability to initiate or maintain erections that is outside of your normal functioning make an appointment to come in for an evaluation. There are many factors that can influence sexual health and performance, and our providers will perform a thorough assessment to uncover what the issue may be and the best possible solution for you.
Over half of the new STI in the United States are among adolescents and emerging adults. STI testing at SHS can be either symptomatic or asymptomatic screening, and typically includes urine testing for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia, a blood test for Syphilis, and a blood test for HIV. Blood testing for Herpes is typically NOT done on a routine basis unless you have symptoms or have been in sexual contact with someone who you know has Herpes. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), the virus that causes genital warts, does not have a blood or urine test, but if you think you have it, come in for an evaluation and treatment. When making your appointment, mention if you have having symptoms or if you just want a "checkup." Our providers will do a focused sexual history and determine which testing and treatment options will be best for you.
HIV screening involves an antibody test that can detect the body's immune system response to HIV exposure usually from 2 weeks to 6 months after a potential risky sexual encounter. At SHS we offer blood testing as part of the routine STI assessment, but we also have a trained sexual health counselor, Erin Taylor. She can perform the rapid HIV blood test for you, and you'll have your results in 20-30 minutes.
Testicular cancer is most common during adolescence and emerging adulthood (ages 18-25). But did you know that testicular cancer is the least common of many benign conditions that can present as lumps, masses or swelling in the testicular area? If you notice something abnormal in your scrotum or on your testicle, make an appointment to come in to see us at SHS. One of our providers will do a focused history and genital exam, and we can obtain an ultrasound test to further evaluate any abnormalities if necessary. We can also teach you how to do a proper testicular exam on yourself at home, which we encourage all men to do on a monthly basis, similar to how women do self-breast exams every month.
Cancer.org: Testicular Cancer
Penn Medicine: Testicular Self-Exam
Testicular Self-Exam Video
Many men have extensive family histories of chronic disease conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol. Some of these conditions can affect you even at a younger age, but there are steps you can take to empower yourself in best prevention and treatment practices. During your Men's Health appointment, your provider can review your personal and family medical history and work with you to determine the most appropriate tests and management options available to you.
NIH: High Blood Pressure
High Cholesterol: Mayo Clinic: High Cholesterol
NIH: High Cholesterol
Diabetes Mellitus: NIH: Diabetes Mellitus
Medicine Net: Diabetes Mellitus
Among many college and graduate school men, the pressure to drink and use recreational drugs can be great. If you have concerns, or just want to discuss how alcohol and substance use may be playing a part in your life as a student, schedule an appointment with us. Our providers can help you sort through your own patterns of alcohol and substance use; refer you to any specialist assistance you may need, and work with you to develop healthy alternative strategies of coping with life and school stress.
Mental health among men is much more than traditional pathological depictions of depression and anxiety that are often seen in the media. It can range from the highs of doing well on a final exam to the lows of losing a loved one or breaking up with that special someone. Men may not always tell others or seek help when we feel down or not quite ourselves, but how we feel emotionally can have a profound impact on our individual health behaviors, physical state, and how we interact with others. Mental health is an important part of your overall health picture, and at SHS our providers are available for routine mental health screenings, treatment and referrals to mental health specialists when needed.
The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) causes genital warts, the most common STI worldwide. This virus is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, can be spread between sexual partners even when wearing condoms, and in men often presents on the penis or anal area as a painless bump or outgrowth of skin. While there are no blood tests for HPV and available treatment may not "cure" it, there is a vaccine called Gardasil that is available at SHS for men ages 26 and younger, and is effective in preventing the most common types of HPV (6, 11, 16 & 18) that can infect the anal and genital area of young adults. HPV types 6 and 11 are the most common causes of benign warts, and types 16 and 18 are most commonly associated with anal, genital and oral cancers. The Gardasil vaccine involves a series of 3 shots over 6 months, and though it does not treat pre-existing HPV disease, it can still help prevent against different strains of the virus. Schedule an appointment with a provider or with Immunization Services if you are interested in learning more about Gardasil as an option for your health.