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Important information about sexual assault and personal safety

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Male patients often have specific issues that need provider evaluation. Hair thinning, hair loss, erectile dysfunction, testicular pain, low testosterone, prostate problems, and jock itch are all issues that Student Health can evaluate. If you would feel more comfortable with a male provider assessing these concerns, select a male provider when scheduling online or mention your preference when scheduling with our appointment personnel.

Have a general question about any health problem or concern? E-mail us at gotquestions@ecu.edu.


 

There are two options for sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing at SHS:

• Not currently having symptoms? If you are symptom-free, you can schedule a visit with the Fast Track nurse to test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and/or syphilis. Make sure not to urinate within 1 hour of your appointment time.

• Having symptoms, need testing for warts or herpes or need to see a provider for an exam or birth control? Make a clinic appointment with one of our providers.

Unsure what the symptoms of an STI might be for men? If you have any of the below symptoms, you must schedule an appointment with a provider.

• Penile drip or discharge
• Sores, bumps or blisters around your genital or anal area
• Burning with urination
• Swollen or tender testicles

The staff at the Student Health Service recognizes that talking frankly and honestly about sexuality issues is uncomfortable for some people. It is important to remember that the more information you share with the health care provider, the better they can work to meet your needs. Quality health care begins with good communication between patients and health care providers. Be prepared to address topics concerning your sexual history, current sexual behavior, methods of contraception and STI risk reduction, and any current symptoms that you may be experiencing. These questions are asked for medical reasons and will ensure the best care possible. All information is confidential. Based on the shared information, your provider will determine appropriate tests for you.

You should consider getting screened for STIs if you have ever:
- Had unprotected (no barrier device was used) oral, vaginal, or anal sex with someone of an unknown STI status.
 -Had intercourse under the influence of alcohol or other drugs and cannot remember what happened.
- Shared IV drug needles with an infected person or someone whose STI status was unknown.
- Had a past or current sex partner that told you of their infection with an STI.
 
Want to learn more about the types of STIs, treatment, and prevention? Visit our self care page.

Have a general question about STIs? E-mail us at gotquestions@ecu.edu.

Men can be victims of sexual assault. Have you or someone you know been assaulted? Find information and help here. 

Cancer of the testes is one of the most common cancers in men 15-34 years of age. Like other cancers, if testicular cancer is discovered in the early stages it can be treated promptly and effectively.
 
What are the symptoms of testicular cancer?
 
- A small hard lump about the size of a pea
- Usually painless lump
- Heavy feeling in the testicle
- Enlargement of the testicle
- Change in the consistency of the testicle
- Dull ache in the testicle

The best means for early detection of testicular cancer is self-examination of the testicles. Testicular self exam is a three minute monthly procedure that is completed after a warm bath or shower when the scrotum is most relaxed.
 
Testicular Self Examination

  • Examine the scrotum visually for swelling.
  • Examine each testicle separately by rolling the testicle between your thumb and the first two fingers of both hands. It is normal for one testicle to be larger than the other.
  • Check for lumps, swelling, or a change in size or consistency of the testicle.
  • Feel the epididymis, a cord-like structure, on the top and back of each testicle. Don’t interpret this as an abnormality.
  • Make an appointment with a health care provider if any lumps or other abnormalities are found. Also, have your health care provider evaluate aching in the lower abdomen or groin, or a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum, which may be a warning sign of cancer.

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    For more information on testicular cancer, early detection, and how to perform the self exam, visit WebMD