An appeal has been made to Saint Lucian men to access clinical services available at the Saint Lucia Planned Parenthood Association, before it is too late.
The appeal was made by the Association’s Programme Manager, Geralda Bray, as the organization held its first ever open house on Friday.
The event was held at the association’s Jeremie Street offices.
Bray told the Times that the Planned Parenthood Association offers a wide range of services that include counselling, screening for prostate cancer and Sexually Transmitted Diseases and breast examinations for men.
But she lamented that some men wait until it is too late to get tested.
“We really need out men to come out and access the services,” Bray explained.
According to her, women access the available services more often than men who seek help only when they are impacted economically in being unable to work, or if they cannot perform sexually.
“We really want to see more men coming out and practice service seeking behaviour. Do your regular checkup and if you do not feel well come in – do not wait until the last minute,” Bray stated.
She expressed the view that the way men are socialized – to be strong and bear up under adverse circumstances, may be one reason why some men hesitate to seek help.
However she asserted that males need to understand that they are humans with needs and there are persons who are available to help.