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 Men's Sexual Health

Last Updated: December 07, 2023
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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)​ ​​​

Military health surveillance shows an average of 1 of every 5 active-duty members have an STIExternal Link. Active duty members' risk of STIs are notable as they are a younger age group, and have travel and job stress factors that may increase their riskExternal Link


Men are especially at risk -

  • Risky activities increase STI risk. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk, but multiple partners, hook-ups, and men who have sex with other men are at greater riskExternal Link. Also, having an STI can increase one's risk of HIV (another type of STI) and cancers in the mouth and throat. Men should talk to their doctor about specific testing or screenings. 

Untreated STIs can lead to serious health complications such as infertility, blindness and in worst cases death. Since men especially can be 'silent carriers' of STIs – and typically are not required to get tested for most STIs – men need to be an advocate for their own health and that of their sexual partners.

TRICARE offers a number of resources for sexual health. For specific guidance and information, see this link​External Link

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  • Did you know? Human papillomavirus (HPV)External Link​ is a common STI virus that can lead to certain types of cancer later in life among women and men. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)External Link​ reports that HPV can in men HPV can cause cancers of the penisExternal Link​, anusExternal Link​ and especially in the mouth and throatExternal Link​. The HPV vaccination can prevent over 90% of cancers caused by HPV. Ideally, children will get fully vaccinated when younger, such as 11-12 years of age. Per CDC guidelinesExternal Link​, if not fully vaccinated as a child, everyone male or female up to 26 years of age should get the HPV vaccine. Individuals between 27 and 45 years may benefit from the vaccine – but should discuss with their healthcare provider first. 
     
  • Did you know? Every day a service member is diagnosed with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Do your part to help end HIV in the military community. Lower your risk by using condoms, get tested for STIs, and talk to your provider about whether you would benefit from the daily HIV pre-exposure prohylaxis pill (“PrEP")External Link.


Contraception

To avoid pregnancy, couples need to consider effectiveness, accessibility and affordability, and acceptability of contraception methodsExternal Link. Some, especially consistent and correct use of the male latex condomExternal Link, also provide protection from the risk for HIV and other STIs. Your local public health nurse or provider can provide guidance.

Explore the contraceptive services available to men covered by TRICAREExternal Link​. 


Sexual Heal​th

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