GIS – Men’s sexual health was the focus of the recently recognized International Men’s Day, held under the theme “Working to expand male reproductive options.”
General Practitioner, Dr. Gavin Melville, noted there are various areas affecting men’s sexual health today, such as sexually transmitted infections, prostate issues and erectile dysfunction.
“Of the three things I mentioned all are common. Prostate issues affect many men over age forty five and even sometimes below that age, while sexually transmitted infections affect lots of men. Recently, the CDC reported an increase in chlamydia and gonorrhea, and syphilis rates, for the first time in about a decade, are beginning to rise again, which I’m sure will be reflected one way or the other in Saint Lucia as time goes on. Erectile dysfunction, the statistics indicate that approximately 55 percent of men above age 50 have issues in some point in time with erectile dysfunction.”
Dr. Melville urged Saint Lucian men to take their sexual health very seriously.
“It is my suggestion, it is my opinion that men’s sexual health is an important part of our lives, and if you have any issues, with your sexual or reproductive health, I would strongly recommend that you see a physician and have an assessment made of what the problem is so that you can get it treated appropriately. The time for us to hide these things and keep them at home in the bedroom is long past.”
International Men’s Day was recognized on Nov. 19.