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Men’s Health

The risks of disease, injury, and death are greater for college-aged men than for college-aged women. During this time period men engage in far fewer health-promoting behaviors than their female counterparts.

A high percentage of college men have reported sleep deprivation, high level of stress, unhealthy eating behaviors, a lack of physical activity, high levels of alcohol consumption, and the use/misuse of prescribed medications as well as illicit drugs. College men are less likely to practice self-examinations for testicular cancer and other types of disease due to the lack of male-specific educational programs and services available to them (ACHA, 1998).

For more health awareness information, educational health presentations or questions regarding general men’s health topics, contact Student Health Services at (956) 882-3896 to schedule an appointment.

For more information on special Men’s Health Topics please refer to the following:

Covering the Top Health Concerns for men, Tips for a Healthier Life, and for much more check this site out! Take the Men’s Health Quiz to see how much you know on men’s health. <http://www.womenshealth.gov/mens-health/tips-for-men-for-a-healthly-life/mens-health-quiz.cfm>

  • Through the Mayo Clinic find the answers to questions you may not have thought about before regarding men’s health.
  • For recent and updated health statistics and facts use the Center for Disease Control site for information on Men’s Health.
  • For an easy overview on Men’s Health and variety of health topics including the latest news, treatment, prevention/screening, nutrition, coping, health check tools, clinical trials & research, check out MedlinePlus.gov
  • En español: Para más información sobre la salud del hombre y la variedad de temas de salud, incluyendo las últimas noticias, el tratamiento, la prevención / detección, la nutrición, las herramientas de control de salud, y los ensayos clínicos y de investigación, visita MedlinePlus.gov

Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer forms in a man's testicles, the two egg-shaped glands that produce sperm and testosterone. Testicular cancer mainly affects young men between the ages of 20 and 39. It is also more common in men who:

  • Have had abnormal testicle development
  • Have had an undescended testicle
  • Have a family history of the cancer

Symptoms include pain, swelling or lumps in your testicles or groin area. Most cases can be treated, especially if it is found early. Treatment options include surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. Regular exams after treatment are important. Treatments may also cause infertility. If you may want children later on, you should consider sperm banking before treatment.

Click here for more information on testicular cancer.

To schedule an appointment to receive health education information and screening for testicular cancer contact Student Health Services at (956) 882-3896.

Bone Health for Men
Strong bones are just as important for men as women. Your body needs both calcium and vitamin D to make bones and teeth strong and hard. Not getting enough calcium during childhood can lead to osteoporosis later in life; with this disease, bones become weak and easily fracture or break.

A man’s bone mass peaks around age 20. Eating calcium-rich foods and getting enough vitamin D is essential to ensure your bone health for life.

Men should get 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day with either foods or supplements. After age 50, men should get 1,200 milligrams per day.

Good sources of calcium include low-fat dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese; tofu made with calcium sulfate, sardines and fortified cereal and orange juice. Men should get at least 3 services each day:

1 serving of calcium is equivalent to:

  • 1 cup of low-fat or fat-free milk
  • 1 cup of low-fat or fat-free yogurt
  • 1 ½ ounces low-fat or fat-free cheese
  • 1 ½ cups cooked edamame (soybeans)
  • 1 cup calcium-fortified juice
  • 3 ounces canned sardines, with bones.

Five Ways to Keep Bones Strong

Bone health is dependent on lifestyle choices. Here are some key things men can do to keep bones strong for life:

  • Get enough calcium and vitamin D every day with food or supplements
  • Participate in regular weight-bearing/strength training activities (at least eight to 10 exercises two to three times per week).
  • Avoid smoking and limit alcohol intake to two drinks a day
  • Talk with your health-care provider about bone health.0
  • Have a bone density test and take medication, if appropriate.

HIV in Men

HIV/AIDS is one of the top 20 causes of death of all men in the United States, and among the top 10 killers for certain groups. Among all Hispanic/Latino MSM in 2006, the largest number of new infections (43%) occurred in the youngest age group (13–29 years), though a substantial number of new HIV infections (35%) were among those aged 30–39 years.

How HIV is spread

In men, HIV is usually spread by:

  • Having sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) with a man or woman who is infected with HIV (unprotected anal sex is the riskiest)
  • Sharing needles with someone who has HIV, such as during injection drug use

Getting tested

All people should know their HIV status. But many do not. About 1 in 5 people infected with HIV or AIDS in the United States do not know they have it. Many new HIV infections are caused by people who don't know they are infected. Knowing your HIV status is a vital step in getting treatment if you need it and in helping to stop the spread of HIV.
If you don't know your status, find out. Testing is easy, and there are many places to get tested: freestanding HIV testing centers, health departments, hospitals, private doctors' offices, and clinics. To get tested you can:

  • Ask your doctor to do the test or to refer you to find a local HIV testing site.
  • Visit the National HIV and STD Resources website < http://www.hivtest.org/> to find a local testing site.
  • Call CDC-INFO at 800-232-4636 or 888-232-6348 (TTY) to find a local testing site.
  • Contact Student Health Services to receive free and confidential HIV testing.

If you test negative, you can take steps to stay that way. If you find out that you are infected with HIV, treatment can slow down the progress of the virus. A wide variety of private and state resources also are in place to help people living with HIV.

Preventing HIV

Take these steps to lower your risk of getting or spreading HIV:

  • Be faithful. Have sex with only one uninfected partner who only has sex with you, or don't have sex at all.
  • Use a male latex condom for all types of sexual contact. If you or your partner is allergic to latex, use polyurethane condoms. Female condoms also may help prevent HIV, but more research is needed on them.
  • Don't share needles. Don't share needles or drug injection equipment for illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine and legal drugs like steroids and vitamins. If you get a tattoo or body piercing, make sure the needles have been sterilized to kill germs. Use of shared needles used even for prescribed medications can also be at risk for transmission.
  • Limit your number of sexual partners. Your risk of getting HIV goes up with the number of partners you have.
  • Don't abuse alcohol or drugs, which is linked to higher sexual risk-taking behaviors.

 For more information on HIV refer to Center for Disease Control

Para obtener más información sobre el VIH en español consulte el Center for Disease Control (Centro de Control de Enferemedades)

For more information on free and confidential HIV Testing please contact Student Health Services at (956) 882-3896.

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