For Black Men

Beyond “Bend over and cough!”: Medical Services You Need for Good Sexual Health

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Black men who have sex with other men have special sexual health needs and challenges. Do you know what they are? Does your healthcare provider? Chances are you both could use a little help keeping up with the latest research and recommendations. Here’s your chance to educate yourself and your provider! 

Why Do I Need These Services?

Not every infection or illness that can hurt you has symptoms—so regular testing and screening for things that affect your sexual health are critical. Your providers need to know that you are a man who has sex with other men, or that you are a trans man, so that they can offer you the appropriate services.

Testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

For these tests, your provider will use some special cotton swabs to collect samples of fluid from your mouth, your penis, and your anus. You will also be asked to give a urine sample, and you may need to do a blood sample as well, depending on the type of STI testing you’re doing. (Recommended STI testing schedule for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men)

Tailored screenings 
  • Anal Pap smear to test for anal cancer 
  • Vaginal Pap smear to test for cervical cancer (for Trans men) 

  • Prostate cancer and breast cancer (Yes, men get breast cancer too!) 

  • Screening for Hepatitis C (HCV) 

  • Blood work to check for: 

  • Diabetes 

  • Testosterone and cholesterol levels 

  • Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes

  • Colonoscopy to test for colon cancer 
Vaccinations
  • Hepatitis A & B 
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) 

  • Meningitis 

  • Influenza 

  • Pneumonia

Additional services for people living with HIV

If you are living with HIV, be sure to ask your provider for these additional services: 

  • Viral load test 

  • Complete blood count (CBC) 

  • CD4/T-cell count 

  • CD4 percentage 

  • Tuberculosis (TB) skin test