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MEN...CHECK IN

Often times when you here the words CHECK-IN, you instantly get alarmed. For some men, they don't mind, but many men would say, "Why are you trying to control me, You're not my mother, I am responsible for myself, Why don't you trust me, I'm not going to do all that, Focus on yourself, Check-In for what", and many more things, ultimately what they are saying is... "I AM NOT CHECKING IN WITH YOU".


What Men Should Do in Their 20s and 30s

Vaccinations

  • Flu shot, every year.

  • Tetanus booster, every 10 years.

  • Whooping cough vaccine (Tdap booster) unless you're certain you had one as a preteen or teenager.

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, if you're younger than 26 and haven't received it yet.

Screening Tests

  • Sexually transmitted disease: The CDC recommends that sexually active gay and bisexual men should get screened at least once a year for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. And all men should get tested for HIV at least once. According to the CDC, everyone between ages 13 and 64 should be tested during their lifetime. (If you have certain risk factors, you'll need additional screenings.)

  • Blood pressure: Have it checked at least once every three to five years, or more often if you are at risk for hypertension.

  • Cholesterol: Have your cholesterol tested every four to six years. If you have heart disease or diabetes, a family history of heart disease, or other cardiac risk factors, you may need to do this more often.

  • Cancer: Some transgender men may need to receive screening for cervical cancer, but accessing quality care can be a challenge. Check the World Professional Association for Transgender Health's directory of knowledgeable and affirming providers to find one in your area or who is available via telehealth. If you need cervical cancer screening, ask your provider about options for self-collected swabbing for HPV DNA, which is less invasive than typical cervical cancer screening and which one recent study showed improved rates of cervical cancer screening among trans men.

Review With Your Doctor

  • Sexual history and condom use.

  • Diet, exercise, and sleep habits.

  • Smoking, alcohol consumption, and any other substance-use habits.

What Men Should Do in Their 40s and 50s

Vaccinations

  • Flu shot, every year.

  • Tetanus booster, every 10 years.

  • Shingrix (shingles) vaccine at age 50.

Screening Tests

  • Sexually transmitted disease: The CDC recommends that sexually active gay and bisexual men should get screened at least once a year for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

  • Blood pressure: Have it checked at least once every year.

  • Cholesterol: Continue blood tests for cholesterol every four to six years, depending on risk factors.

  • Type 2 diabetes: If you're overweight or obese, have a blood test every three years.

  • Colorectal cancer: At age 45, talk to your doctor about when to begin screening for colon cancer. A colonoscopy every 10 years, a stool test every year, and a few other screening options are available. Ask your doctor which one may be best for you.

  • Prostate cancer: Regular prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests, which may detect prostate cancer, might not be necessary. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of the test. If you're concerned about prostate cancer, talk with your doctor at 55 or earlier about whether you're at increased risk.

  • Breast and cervical cancer: Some transgender men may need to receive screening for breast and cervical cancer, but accessing quality care can be a challenge. Check the World Professional Association for Transgender Health's directory of knowledgeable and affirming providers to find one in your area or who is available via telehealth.

Review With Your Doctor

  • Sexual history and condom use.

  • Diet, exercise, and sleep habits.

  • Smoking, alcohol consumption, and any other substance-use habits.

What Men Should Do in Their 60s and Beyond

Vaccinations

  • Flu shot, every year.

  • Tetanus booster, every 10 years.

  • Shingrix (shingles) vaccine if you haven't already received it.

  • Pneumococcal vaccine, at 65. The CDC recommends all older adults get a dose of PPSV23 (Pneumovax). An additional pneumococcal vaccine, PVC13 (Prevnar) is also available but not necessary for all older adults; ask your doctor whether you should get it.

Screening Tests

  • Sexually transmitted disease: The CDC recommends that sexually active gay and bisexual men should get screened at least once a year for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

  • Blood pressure: Have it checked at least once every year.

  • Cholesterol: Continue blood tests for cholesterol every four to six years, depending on risk factors.

  • Type 2 diabetes: If you're overweight or obese, have this test every three years through age 70.

  • Colorectal cancer: Continue screening through age 75.

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm: If you've ever smoked, the USPSTF currently recommends that you have an ultrasound to test for abdominal aortic aneurysm—an enlarged area in the aorta that can rupture if it gets too large—sometime between ages 65 and 75.

Review With Your Doctor

  • Sexual history and condom use.

  • Diet, exercise, and sleep habits.

  • Smoking, alcohol consumption, and any other substance-use habits.

Here at Sonder Pharmacy, it's not about CONTROL, it's about CONCERN. Because we love you, we are asking that you check-in with yourself and if you want an accountability partner, we are here for that too. We, Sonder Pharmacy, have a professional and well educated pharmacist on staff to help address any concerns you may have, call for your free consultation.

We credit the information listed above to the article that can be viewed at the following link, click and read it for more information: https://www.consumerreports.org/men-s-health/mens-health-checklist-for-every-age/

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