If you have had more than one sexual partner
or your partner has had more than one partner, STD and HIV testing are
recommended even if you have no symptoms.
Urethritis in men is an inflammation of the
urethra in which urine and ejaculate are passed through the penis. In
college-aged men urethritis is most commonly due to sexually transmitted
organisms. Urinary tract infections are rare in men.
Common symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection
- Skin sores, bumps or changes in the genital
- Drip or discharge from the penis
- Painful or sore genitals
- Pain during and after sex
Sexually transmitted infections can be bacterial
or viral. Bacterial infections such as gonorrhea and syphilis can be
easily cured with antibiotics. Viral infections like herpes can be controlled,
but not cured, with medication.
If you are concerned that you may have a Sexually
Transmitted Disease (STD), please come to Health Services and speak
to one of our nurses or seek medical attention from you own medical
Another excellent resource is the STD
Clinic at the Monroe County Department of Health:
855 West Main St. (Bullshead Plaza)
Rochester N.Y. 14611
They provide free and confidential care. No appointment is necessary.
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Health Services has several brochures on Urethitis
and Sexually Transmitted Infections. Information is also available online.
Thinking About Stopping Smoking?
up the phone and call:
New York State Smokers' Quitline
NYS Smokers' Quitsite - http://www.nysmokefree.com
The use of chewing tobacco, also called spitting tobacco, and
snuff is seen almost exclusively in men and more so in male athletes.
Be aware that this form of tobacco, although not inhaled, is also highly
addictive and carries significant risks oral cancer and gum disease.
Chewing tobacco and snuff are not safe alternatives to cigarettes. Get
Violent Injury and Death
Violence involving young men includes
assault, rape, suicide, homicide, and injury or death from motor vehicle
Assault and Homicide
According to the CDC “homicide
is the second leading cause of death in ages 10 to 24 and the leading
cause of death in African Americans in this age group.” Don’t
become a statistic!
The use of alcohol and other drugs and
being around people who use alcohol/drugs increase your risk of becoming
the victim of a violent act. Gang involvement and low commitment to
school also increase the risk of violence in your life.
Increased involvement with school and
social activities can be a protective factor if you are concerned about violence
in your life.
Suicide is the third leading
cause of death for people aged 15-24, and the second leading killer
in the college population. Males are four time more likely to die from
suicide than females and males are more likely to use a gun to commit
Suicide is often linked to untreated
Specific signs of potential suicide include:
- Talking openly about committing suicide
- Talking indirectly about "wanting
out" or "ending it all"
- Taking unnecessary or life-threatening
- Giving away personal possessions
If you are thinking about suicide or
are concerned about a friend; come to Health Services, Counseling or
call 1-800-SUICIDE where counselors answer phone calls 24 hours a day.
To read more about suicide online:
In 8 out of 10 rape cases,
the victim knew the perpetrator. It is estimated that 1 in 5 college
women experienced completed or attempted rape during their college years.
You can prevent acquaintance rape in
several ways. You can reduce your risk of harming someone else through
misunderstandings about sex by reducing or not drinking when you socialize.
Drinking moderately or not at all (for example, no more than a drink
an hour with food) will keep you more alert to when your behavior and
the behavior of other men become aggressive. Speak out against acquaintance
rape; communicate to other men that it's okay not to drink and not to
have sex. Look out for women and men who may be at risk and intervene
if necessary by alerting others or by calling public safety.
Everyone has a part to play in preventing
acquaintance rape by creating an atmosphere of zero tolerance for heavy
drinking and for any type of violence, including acquaintance rape.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Younger and newer drivers are significantly more likely than
more experienced drivers to:
- underestimate hazardous situations
or dangerous situations.
- speed, run red lights, make illegal
turns, ride with an intoxicated driver, and drive after using alcohol
- wear seatbelts, especially after
drinking alcohol or using drugs.
This behavior results in the increased
risk that young people will be in motor vehicle accidents and when they
are in MVAs the risk of serious injury and death is greatly increased.
Participation in athletics improves physical
fitness, coordination, self-discipline, and gives people valuable opportunities
to make friends, socialize, and learn teamwork.
Sports activities can also result in
injuries - some minor, some serious, and others resulting in lifelong
medical problems. Injuries among young athletes fall into two basic
categories: overuse injuries and acute injuries. Both types include
injuries to the soft tissues (muscles and ligaments) and bones.
Acute injuries are caused by a sudden
trauma. Common acute injuries among young athletes include contusions
(bruises), sprains (a partial or complete tear of a ligament), strains
(a partial or complete tear of a muscle or tendon) and fractures. Not
all injuries are caused by a single, sudden twist, fall, or collision.
A series of small injuries can cause minor fractures, minimal muscle
tears, or progressive bone deformities, known as overuse injuries.
- Be in proper physical condition to
play a sport
- Warm up/cool down
- Avoid playing when very tired or
- Wear proper safety equipment for
your sport correctly
- Remember training and techniques
to prevent injury
- Attend to injuries promptly
When to Seek Medical Treatment
You should call a health professional if:
- The injury causes severe pain, swelling,
- You can't tolerate any weight on
- The pain or dull ache of an old injury
is accompanied by increased swelling or joint abnormality or instability.
For self-help for a sprain or strain
(Link to self help for minor injuries)
For more information on sports injury online, go to:
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause
of death for men of all ages and racial backgrounds. This risk can be
minimized by eating healthy, exercise and maintaining an ideal weight.
These healthy lifestyle changes are best established at younger ages,
but it is never too late! Plus there is the added benefit of feeling
and looking better.
|Know your blood pressure.
||It should be below 130/85
|Know your cholesterol level.
||It should be below 200
|Stay close to your ideal body
weight by following diet and exercise