MIDDLETOWN — June 9 to June 15 will be Men’s Health Week. So Planned Parenthood of Southern New England is highlighting the need for regular checkups — and, if they are sexually active, regular testing for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV — as a critical part of staying healthy for men of all ages.
Men are less likely to visit the doctor until they are experiencing the symptoms of a serious ailment. Twenty-four percent of men do not have a usual source of health care, and twenty-one percent of men did not have a health care visit at all in 2012, according to research.
“PPSNE is proud to be a source of care for men in Connecticut and Rhode Island and to answer any questions they may have about their health,” said Dr. Timothy Spurrell, Medical Director of PPSNE. “A visit to a health care provider is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have — nothing is off-limits. We are here to give you accurate, nonjudgmental information and advice.”
Planned Parenthood provides basic health care for men, including testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV testing, and sexual health information and education. For more information, go to Planned Parenthood’s online tool The Check.
It offers guidance and tips about STDs and helps direct people to a local health center. To find the health center nearest you call 1 (800) 230-PLAN (7526) or visit ppsne.org.