June marks the time of year for many special events and awareness campaigns. One of the most important parts of June 2018 is Men’s Health Month. Created by a Congressional health education initiative, the month of June has been officially known as Men’s Health Month since 1994. Throughout the month, health care providers and health organizations will be offering various health screenings, health fairs, media appearances and many other health education programs geared towards improving men’s health.
Men’s Health Month is meant to heighten the awareness of preventable health issues in men, encourage early detection and spread information about the treatment of disease among men and boys. In June, health care providers, public policymakers and the media are given an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice. This is the best way to prevent many disease and injuries in men.
An important element of men’s health is sexual health. Preventing STDs and HIV is a key to maintaining men’s sexual health. Most men who have an STD will never show signs or symptoms of the infection. This can be dangerous since long-term STD infection can have more serious consequences to a man’s health. Untreated infections can sometimes lead to scar tissues in the genitals and affect male fertility. Some infections such as syphilis or HIV can also lead to death if left untreated. The CDC recommends the use of latex condoms during sexual intercourse to help deter the spread of STDs and HIV.
The best way to know the current status of your sexual health is to have STD testing performed. Since many men will never show signs or symptoms of an STD, this can often be the only way to detect the infection in your system.