Debut Coincides with Men’s Health Week
LAS VEGAS – Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada and its parent organization Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains today announced the debut of the Men’s Sexual Health Program at the Planned Parenthood Las Vegas health center located on Charleston Blvd.
PPSN has a long history of offering men’s health services including physical exams, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, testicular and colon cancer screenings, and cholesterol and high blood pressure tests at all of our health centers. The Men’s Sexual Health Program at Charleston will offer specialized care for the evaluation and treatment of premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. PPSN’s parent organization, PPRM, currently operates one Men’s Sexual Health Program in Metro Denver (Colo).
The debut of these services at the Charleston health center coincides with National Men’s Health Week, June 11-17. PPSN is recognizing Men’s Health Week by encouraging men to visit their health care provider for regular checkups, preventive screenings, or any medical issue.
“Our new services will enable us to provide a greater continuum of care for the men at our Charleston health center. We know people, including men, depend on us to meet all their sexual and basic primary health care needs,” said Kate Hayes who oversees Planned Parenthood’s Las Vegas health centers. “Because men are often less likely than women to seek health care, it is our goal to help men access the care they need in an environment where they feel welcome.”
Currently, roughly 8.5 percent of our patients at the Charleston health center are male. Patients interested in the Men’s Sexual Health Program are welcome to make an appointment or walk in.
“Men’s Health Week is the perfect time for men, and women with men in their lives, to remind themselves that preventive care is important to remaining healthy and sexual health should not be overlooked,” said Hayes.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 8,590 men in the United States will be diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2012. Experts estimate that 30 million men in the United States are affected by erectile dysfunction, and an estimated 30 to 70 percent of men experience rapid ejaculation, a condition that is reported most commonly in men aged 18 to 30 years old. Additionally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nevada is ranked 32nd among other states for chlamydia infections and 30th among other states for gonorrhea infections. These figures highlight the need for greater access to sexual health care for men in Nevada.
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains empowers individuals and families in the communities we serve to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health by providing high quality health services, comprehensive sex education, and strategic advocacy. More than 123,000 women, men, and young adults annually visit our 28 health centers throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Southern Nevada, and Wyoming. Since 1916, we have been the region’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care. For more information about Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, call 1.800.230.PLAN or visit pprm.org for the health center nearest you.
June 14, 2012