International Men’s Health Week Kicks Off

International Men’s Health Week (IMHW) kicks off June 10th and will run until June 16th

IMHW isn’t an event around a specific issue but an opportunity for groups and individuals to tackle the most important health issues relevant to local blokes. For the WA AIDS Council, the issue we tackle on a regular basis is to minimise the transmission of HIV and STI’s and reduce stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV.

It’s no secret that guys in general don’t like going to the doctor, and we can only imagine that going to see a G.P for a sexual health concern or for an HIV and STI test could be even more uncomfortable. 

It’s worth remembering that sexual health checks are a normal part of a doctor’s job. The more you put yourself at ease with speaking to someone, the easier it is for them to help you in taking care of your sexual health. We need to take charge of our health and make the move to get ourselves checked out.

IMHW is an opportunity for us to reflect on all aspects of our health and well being, including our sexual health, and then take action.

For more information on International Men’s Health Week and to see what events you can become involved in go to menshealthweek.org.au

For information on where you can go for an HIV and STI test go to www.waaids.com or call 9482 0000. Or call the M Clinic at 9227 0734.

Tony Bober

Community Development Officer

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