Sexual Health at Christmas

An interesting thing about using tools such as Google Trends and Google Insights, is that you can review traffic patterns over the year for terms and wonder why that might be. Even your own Google Analytics is quite fascinating. There are often strong weekly patterns for example, job searches tend to disappear at the weekend and return at full strength on Monday mornings. Christmas and January are a particularly interesting time for search. Searches for all sorts of things increase in January from recruitment, to weight loss and stopping smoking. Search volume for subjects like garden sheds all but disappear in winter too.

Try entering search term like “STD Clinic” or “STI testing” and you will see that traffic dies away over summer and there is a peak in January. That suggests rather too many Christmas party incidents without, let us say adequate protection.

So first of all, prevention is better than cure. If you are considering going beyond an amorous clinch after your Christmas party, remember to stay safe. Male and female condoms, if used properly, will protect you from many Sexually Transmitted infections (STI’s) and unplanned pregnancy.

However, if it’s too late for that bit of sage advice, and you are worried that you have had unprotected sex, be on the look out for possible STI Symptoms. For women this could include passing urine more frequently or painfully, itching or swelling around the vagina or abnormal bleeding. For a man this may include itching or swelling around the penis and painful or more frequent urination.

Male Sexual Health – Past and Present

Preoccupation with the male genitalia and virility is not a new social behavior. Ancient civilizations had already placed a high value on the phallus not only for sexual reasons but also for the preservation of peace and order. The phallus was a very important symbol in the Roman Empire, specifically in the city of Pompeii. Pompeii is famous for being the Roman city that was literally buried in lava, mud, and rocks when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 B.C. Accidentally discovered in 1748, the city was found beneath meters of ash and pumice. People who resided in that city were found stone-like and lying in different poses that showed their panic and despair that fateful day when the volcano took away their lives and property.

But another interesting find in the ruins was a fresco inside the Villa dei Vetii. The fresco showed Priapus weighing his penis against a sack of money. In Greek mythology, Priapus was a fertility god who was also considered the protector of livestock, plant life, and yes, even the male genitals. Called Mutinus Mutunus in Roman mythology, the said minor god was the son of Aphrodite and Adonis. The fresco boasted how Priapus’ privates outweighed the bag full of coins. In fact, sculptures and images of Priapus were placed by farmers in the field supposedly to ensure the abundance of the harvest. For the Romans, his status also served as a scarecrow. The erect penis was not only propped to scare off the birds but burglars as well. These statues usually had inscriptions that contained the threat of sodomy on anyone caught stealing in the field or house where the said stone figures were set-up. During those times, rape was a common punishment for criminal offenders.

Archaeologists and sociologists believe that for many men during those ancient days, a properly functioning penis was crucial to having self-esteem. Proficiency and endurance in sexual activity were considered “manly” attributes, and are still viewed as such by most 21st century men. But what is really interesting in the archaeological ruins of Pompeii is how the penis as a symbol was highly regarded, even revered, by the Roman people.

Today, we can hardly see pictures or statues of men that show the disproportionately sized penis. In ancient Rome, it was important enough to commission an artist to paint such a scene inside one’s villa. Still, the preoccupation with the male genitals and sexual performance is still a “silent concern” for most men. Lack of sexual ability, or more accurately, the inability to achieve an erection is a major male concern. It is estimated that at least 30 million American men have been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction. As a sexual health problem, male impotence is defined as the total inability to achieve an erection; an inconsistent ability to achieve an erection; or a tendency to sustain an erection for only brief moments.

Sexual health is more than just an issue of prevention and control of sexually transmitted disease. More appropriately, it is concerned with the physical, emotional and even relational conditions of people. Specifically, male sexual health is focused on a man’s ability to have an erection, which is crucial to performing the sexual act. Intimacy in marriage or in deeper, physical relations between a man and a woman is normally attached to the issue of having the “capacity to perform.” While professional definitions of sexual health goes beyond anatomical and coital discussions, most ordinary men and women attribute the term to acts “in the bedroom.” Surely, men will do well to elevate the discussion of male sexual health above sexual trivia, positions, and performance. Aside from the obvious need to be informed about the dangers of sexually transmitted disease, men should also be educated about the women’s sexuality and women’s needs. Unlike men, the sexual functions of women are influenced by a number of factors, and not the normal rise in libido.

To access reliable and professional advice regarding sexuality and sexual health, both men and women should consider an appointment with a professional counselor or doctor at the nearest sexual health clinic. It is a known fact, especially in poor countries, that what goes around as knowledge about sexual health is nothing short of a myth. Often, young boys and girls rely on the peer group to get information about sexual health, or about sex itself.

But for men, whether they live in a poor country or in a developed nation, sexual problems must still be addressed by going to a sexual health clinic. Erectile dysfunction is not just a physical problem. It is also linked to emotional and psychological distress. While men who suffer from erectile dysfunction still have the ability to father a child, they do encounter challenges in sustaining their relationships and even their own self-esteem. By getting professional help, men with erectile dysfunction can benefit from science-based information and even medications such as Sildenafil (usually sold under the brand name Viagra), Vardenafil, and Finasteride.

How Safe Are Minute Clinics? Tips to Protect Your Family

While some people may not have yet heard of them, retail “minute clinics” are becoming more and more used throughout the United States. These are health clinics often located in retail pharmacies which provide certain health services at reduced prices.

These facilities are so popular that CVS had 600 clinics in their stores, and that was back in 2011. These clinics are seemingly blessings to those who can’t afford regular doctors, but just like anything else that seems too good to be true, there are certain risks involved.

Safety of Minute Clinics

Many people have positive experiences with minute clinics, but this is not always the case with pharmaceuticals, which have shown to have detrimental health effects. The simple truth is that, even though health clinics may be safe in most instances, it’s essential for people to understand the possible risks they face. Unfortunately, when it comes to these outfits, some people simply aren’t getting what they think they’re paying for.

The danger behind minute clinics is that people aren’t visiting doctors. The individuals who staff these clinics are nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants, and neither of these two professions, though necessary in the medical field, have the skills, experience or training of an actual doctor. While this doesn’t mean that they’re not adept at helping people, it does mean that individuals might receive better medical care by visiting an actual physician.

Popular Uses for Minute Clinics

The truth of the matter is that most people use this inexpensive option for seemingly simple things like colds, flu shots and other vaccine administrations. Sadly, this still doesn’t mean that they’re safe. In one instance, a child was actually given an adult-strength flu shot not approved for children. In an even more tragic case, 23 elderly individuals died after receiving flu shots during a drug trials, which happen to be the same drugs sold to pharmacy retailers across the U.S.

It may be difficult to understand these types of mistakes, but once someone looks at the statistics, it becomes easier to comprehend. Medical professionals of all types, stemming from neurosurgeons all the way to pharmacy techs, have been sued for medical malpractice.

It’s just the way the world works. When it comes to nurse practitioner malpractice lawsuits, however, nearly one in five cases involved medication errors. At this point, it seems less surprising that people are being injured by medication and vaccine application in minute clinics.

Negligence on Part of Pharmacies

Many people would wonder exactly who is to blame for these types of errors. Unfortunately, the government has concluded that people cannot sue drug companies based on injuries sustained by vaccines. This, of course, was meant to cover manufacturers for the few cases where the vaccine, after being properly administered, caused harm. This doesn’t mean, however, that minute clinics and their corporate owners cannot be sued for malpractice when they negligently cause harm.

It’s important to remember, though, that laws will vary by state. Florida, for instance, a person will only have two years in which to file a medical malpractice case from the time the first discovered an injury. Consulting with a legal professional who is well versed in state law will be instrumental in resolving this unfortunate scenario and while determining how to navigate issues like statues of limitation.

Fortunately, most ill effects of minute clinic negligence will be obvious within this time frame. Anyone in any state suffering an injury after “treatment” at a minute clinic, though, should immediately seek out legal help and not press the statute of limitations. Vital evidence can disappear over time.

Having consistent healthcare services is essential for a person’s well being, and there’s no doubt that saving money on these services is preferable. When it comes to accepting subpar care in order to save a few dollars, though, the cost-benefit relationship doesn’t always come out positively on the side of the patient.