University Health Services provide confidential, professional treatment for a variety of men’s health needs. Services include:
- Evaluation of genital problems (pain, lumps, discharge, and rash)
- Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
- Information on sexual function concerns
- Prevention services
Should I get an annual health screening?
Men between the ages of 18-39 are encouraged to visit their health care provider regularly, even if they feel healthy. The purpose of these visits is to:
- Screen for medical issues
- Assess risk for future medical problems
- Encourage a healthy lifestyle
- Update vaccinations
- Get to know your health care provider in case of an illness
Testicular pain and reproductive concerns
Men experiencing a rapid onset of serious testicular pain should contact the University Health Services Advice Nurse immediately or go to a local emergency department. Twisting of the testicle (torsion) that causes significant pain and tenderness is an emergency and requires attention within a matter of hours.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the U.S. HPV is most common in men and women in their late teens and early twenties.
Vaccines can protect males and females against some of the most common types of HPV. These vaccines are given in three shots. It is important to get all three doses to get the best protection. The vaccines are most effective when given before a person's first sexual contact when he or she could be exposed to HPV.
One available vaccine (Gardasil) has been shown to decrease the likelihood of genital warts in men. This vaccine is available for boys and men, 9 through 26 years of age.
Many people refer to HPV as genital warts, but HPV includes over 100 viruses. One-third of these viruses cause genital problems that affect both sexes, such as genital warts on a man’s penis or a woman’s vagina or cervix. Genital warts can appear as small hard spots or have a fleshy cauliflower appearance, but in other cases, warts are not visible to the naked eye.
As with all vaccines, it may not protect everyone who gets the vaccine and will not protect against types of HPV that are not contained in the vaccine.
Gardasil is given in a series of 3 injections, with dose 2 given 2 months after the first dose, and dose 3 given 6 months after the first dose. The most common side effects of the vaccine are pain, swelling, itching, redness at the injection site, and fever. Individuals who are allergic to any ingredient in the vaccine or who have an allergic reaction after the first dose should not receive the vaccine.
UHS recommends that students contact their insurance provider to determine if all or part of the costs are covered. Three injections are needed. Students may elect to pay the charges at the time of the visit or have the charges added to their student accounts.