Common Health Concerns for Men:
- Painful Urination or Discharge
Painful urination or discharge is a common symptom that can be experienced by men for a number of reasons including STI’s, kidney stones, bladder infections, and more. Please consult a doctor at the first sight of painful urination or discharge.
- Testicular or Scrotal Pain
There are many reasons that a man could be experiencing testicular or scrotal pain. This type of pain is common with kidney stones, hernias, urinary tract infections, and Epididymitis (testicle inflammation). See a medical professional immediately if you experience any abnormal testicular pain.
- Rashes or Bumps in Genital Area
A genital rash is a skin symptom that can be caused by a number of health problems and can occur on any part of the male genital area. Rashes are normally reddish in color, may be painful or itchy, and may include bumps or sores. A genital rash could be a sign of a fungal infection, sexually transmitted infection, allergies, and many other conditions. If you experience a genital rash, you should seek medical attention immediately.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should make a same day visit with the Student Health Clinic by calling 404-413-1930 and speaking to a physician.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Men
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) affect more than 19 million people in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some men may not know they are infected, because many men fail to experience or notice the symptoms associated with STD’s. However, STD’s (symptom-less or not) can definitely effect the life of you and your partner.
STDs can affect any man who is sexually active, no matter what the age, race or sexual orientation. Fortunately, many STDs are highly preventable. By being aware of changes in their bodies and practicing safer sex, men can protect themselves and their partners. Consistently practicing safer sex makes the transmission of an infection less likely.
Many men believe that oral sex is risk-free. However, numerous STDs can be transmitted during oral sex including:
Men of all sexual orientations should take good care of their sexual health. This doesn’t just mean always having safer sex. Men should also be regularly tested for STDs.
Getting Tested for STDs
Although safer sex is very good at reducing STD transmission, it’s not perfect. Regular testing is the best way to take charge of your sexual health.
Common STDs that you may want to be tested for include:
In order to determine what STD tests you need, you should talk to a physician at the Student Health Clinic by calling 404-413-1930.
While not easy to deal with, testicular problems may be more serious than you realize. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 34. To help with detection, a man can perform a testicular self-examination. It only takes about three minutes and, if done regularly, can help identify an abnormality.
When and how to perform the exam:
- The best time to check yourself is in the shower or after a warm bath. Fingers glide over soapy skin making it easier to concentrate on the texture underneath. The heat causes the muscles to relax, making the exam easier.
- Examine each testicle gently with both hands. The index and middle fingers should be placed underneath the testicle while the thumbs are placed on the top. Roll the testicle gently between the thumb and fingers. One testicle may be larger than the other. This is normal.
- The epididymis is a cord-like structure on the top and back of the testicle that stores and transports the sperm. Do not confuse the epididymis with an abnormal lump. Now repeat the exam on the other side.
- Feel for any abnormal lumps about the size of a pea on the front or the side of the testicle. These lumps are usually painless.
- In early stages testicular cancer may be symptomless. When symptoms do occur they include: lump on the testicle, slight enlargement of one of the testes, and heavy sensation in testicles or groin.
If you find an abnormality or have any other symptoms, such as any hard lumps or nodules, seek a medical evaluation immediately. The condition may not be cancer, but it is important to have a specialist properly diagnose and treat the condition.
If you have experienced sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking, please contact Student Victim Assistance. Disclosures made to Student Victim Assistance staff will be held in strict confidence and will not serve as notice to the university requiring initiation of a review of the disclosed conduct. If you would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment to speak with Student Victim Assistance staff, please call 404-413-1965.