Men's Health

Below are articles focusing on the health of men. Several articles have been written by Jonathan Richmond

 The information below is a chronological listing of all published articles. To view a listing of published articles by category, click here.

Cancer Linked to Oral Sex Increasing; Milwaukee Seeks to Educate, Promote Vaccines

Thirty years ago, Michael Stadler treated cancers that were predominantly related to smoking. A head and neck cancer surgeon, Stadler never envisioned having to question his patients about their sexual practices. Now, however, 60–80 percent of oropharyngeal—tonsil and back of the tongue—cancers are linked to oral sex and genital human papillomavirus (HPV). Stadler has had to convey that information to a growing number of white males in their 40s to 50s, who never smoked, and who did not understand that oral sex could put them at risk.

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Reducing Drinking Among Underage Air Force Members in Five Communities

In 2006, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provided grants to five communities with local Air Force bases to implement the agency’s Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) initiative. This bulletin presents findings from an evaluation of EUDL activities in these communities. The study in this 
bulletin focused on comparing the rates of problem drinking in each of the EUDL communities to five control communities and the Air Force overall. The following are some of the key findings of the evaluation:

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STD Awareness -Reaching Youth

In this podcast, Dr. Gail Bolan, Director of CDC's Division of STD Prevention, discusses the problem of STDs in young people, 15-24, and what providers can do. Created: 4/16/2012 by National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). Date Released: 4/16/2012. Series Name: CDC Audio Rounds.

Link to the podcast here.

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Youth HIV Rate High, Testing Low, CDC Says

MedPage Today (11.27.12):: Michael Smith

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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative Educates Students on Responsibility Behind Drinking, Safe Sex

Houstonian (11.15.12):: George Mattingly

On November 14, the Sam Houston State University (SHSU) Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative (ADAI) sponsored a discussion titled, “Playing with the Wrong Odds,” at which students and faculty discussed responsibility while drinking alcohol and practicing safe sex. The ADAI, Alpha Delta Phi, and the Dean of Students Office hosted the event, which drew approximately 80 students.

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U.S. Panel Advises HIV Tests for Everyone Ages 15 to 64

Los Angeles Times (11.19.12):: Rosie Mestel

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Epidemiology of HIV and Syphilis

More than one-third of patients being treated for syphilis were also co-infected with HIV in this study of 2009 data from multiple states.


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Texas AIDS Deaths Decline, but More Youths HIV-Positive

The 2010 annual HIV report from the Texas Department of State Health Services shows fewer Texans are dying of AIDS, but more young adults ages 15-24 are becoming infected. 


Since 2004, the state has seen the number of residents living with HIV increase by 36 percent, from 47,986 to 65,077. Around one-third of HIV-positive Texans live in the greater Houston area. Among counties, Harris led in new HIV infections, AIDS cases, and people living with HIV; its HIV case rate was second only to Dallas. 


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America's Binge Drinking

One in six Americans binge drink about four times a month, a new CDC report shows. CDC defines binge drinking as consuming four or more drinks per occasion for women, and five or more drinks per occasion for men. The one-in-six consumed an average of eight drinks per binge, said the report based on a 2010 survey of 457,677 Americans.


A large body of evidence shows binge drinking is associated with health risks such as STDs, injuries, violence, and car accidents, said report co-author Dr. Robert Brewer, head of CDC’s alcohol program.


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Challenges Facing World's 1.2 Billion Adolescents

Reuters (04.25.12):: Julie Steenhuysen 

On Tuesday, UNICEF released its first-ever report on the challenges facing the world’s 1.2 billion people ages 10-19, a group comprising 18 percent of the global population. “Progress for Children: A Report Card on Adolescents” was issued to coincide with this week’s meeting of the UN Commission on Population Development.


Among the key findings of the report:

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Men's Health Issues

We are born with a set of genes that will determine certain fundamental stip­ulations about our basic metabolism and physiology, indeed setting forth a fundamental blueprint for health, as well as a predilection for certain disease. The rest is up to us, to the environmental influences that will shape our lives, shape our minds, and shape our bodies. Yes, there are situations that we can’t control, but there are many circumstances that we can that will help make life more enjoyable, more healthy, and more worthwhile.

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UCSD Fraternity Spearheads Viral Hepatitis Awareness Campaign

Members of the Psi Chi Omega fraternity at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have committed to raising awareness about the spread of viral hepatitis by teaming up with the nonprofit group “Viral Hepatitis Foundation” to use social media to educate about the spread of what is being termed a “generational disease.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4.5 million Americans are infected with a form of viral hepatitis and the majority of them do not know it.

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