Many men think that testing for a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is painful. However, sexual health experts from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust are keen to let men know during Men’s Health Week (12-18 June) that testing for STIs in men isn’t as dramatic as people think.
STIs can be easily checked in men through a routine urine or blood test. This is the message that Lancashire Care’s Contraception and Sexual Health Service (CaSH) is highlighting during Men’s Health Week.
Anji Stokes, Community Education Lead on Lancashire’s Under 25s Sexual Health Service, said:
“With Men’s Health Week currently underway, men need to take sexual health seriously. Between 5 to 10 percent of all service users we see at our sexual health clinics in Lancashire tend to be male. There are various myths abound about testing for STIs in males. Some people think the tests are painful and involve umbrella swabs when in fact this is not the case. Testing for STIs is quick and easy, with most STI tests requiring just a simple urine sample.
“Looking after your sexual health is an important part of general health and wellbeing, and our service encourages all men to take responsibility for their sexual health and not to be scared. Our staff are friendly, non-judgemental and highly professional. All of our services are free and easy to access, and you can call us for an appointment or if you are just looking for some advice.”
Lancashire Care provides sexual health services across Lancashire for under 25s and to people of all ages in Blackburn with Darwen. To contact your local CaSH team and book an appointment or find out about our ‘drop ins’ please call 01772 401140. To find out more about services in your area, please visit www.cashlancashirecare.nhs.uk or www.best2know.co.uk or via Twitter using hashtag #CaSHlancs.