June 25, 2015

(Petersburg, Va.)-The Crater District Health Departments promote men’s health this month. Men’s Health Month is an opportunity to strengthen awareness of preventable health problems. It is a time to encourage early detection and treatment of disease. Heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death among men in the US. These conditions are preventable by making healthy choices. Crater District Health Departments encourages all men to take steps toward good health by making healthier choices. Healthy choices include eating fresh fruits and vegetables, staying active and avoiding tobacco use. Another key component of overall health is sexual health.

The Petersburg Health Department offers the Men’s Sexual Health Clinic every second and fourth Monday from 5pm to 8pm. The Petersburg Health Department is located at 301 Halifax Street, Petersburg, VA 23803. Services are available at no cost to men, ages eighteen and older, by appointment or walk-in. Services include education and counseling on HIV, and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. “The Men’s Sexual Health Clinic offers a convenient and confidential place where men can be tested for sexually transmitted infections and HIV after normal business hours. Our goal is for the clinic to play a vital role in helping to improve the health of our community,” shares Crater Health District Director, Alton Hart, Jr., MD, MPH.

Another upcoming opportunity for HIV testing will be held at the Petersburg Public Library on Saturday, June 27th from 1:30pm to 5pm. The event will provide HIV testing at no cost to commemorate National HIV Testing Day. This year’s theme is Take the Test. Take Control. This testing event is offered through Crater Health District’s Healthy Living and Learning Center, in conjunction with the Petersburg Public Library. The Library is located at 201 W. Washington Street, Petersburg, VA 23803.

For more information about men’s health, or the Men’s Sexual Health Clinic, visit call 804-863-1652.