Official MISTER
December 2, 2013
Category: Health
Introducing Hula: Making STI Testing Easier

Yesterday was World AIDS Day and, in commemoration, we’re announcing a partnership with Hula, a free mobile app (available only in the U.S., for now) that can help you take control of your sexual health and keep HIV prevention and awareness going strong all year round.

So what’s Hula? In our opinion, it’s a game changer when it comes to taking the hassle and stress out of STI testing. If you’ve been tested in the past, you know it can be a tedious experience at best and a terrifying one at worst. Hula makes the whole thing a lot less painful by giving you the information you need to decide which centers and services are right for you. Want to know which testing centers receive the best ratings and reviews from actual patients? Or which have the most up-to-date testing methods? Hula gives you all this info and more, right at your fingertips. Users can also choose to have their results sent straight to their phone, which not only saves you time but also provides you with a convenient digital record of your results that you can share with others.

We know that there are many places online to find testing locations, but we think the ease with you can do it on Hula makes a difference. With a recent study showing that as many as 1 in 10 guys using a gay app has never had an HIV test, new ways to access to this information is still really important.

Ready to check it out? Signup or download the app...

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Official Daddyhunt
September 4, 2013
Category: Wellness
Mature Daddies Gay Beards Grooming Tips Best Products

Having a beard doesn't make you a daddy (case in point), but being a daddy definitely makes having a beard look so much better. Maybe it's the way the ability to grow full-blown facial hair instantly separates the men from the boys. Or the way a man's willingness to sprout some stubble tells us he isn't afraid to make a statement. Or that part of the reason a beard looks so right on a mature man is because he's earned the right to wear it. Oh, heck, maybe we just have a thing for lumberjacks. The point is, we love guys with beards—the thicker and fuller the better!—and with fall right around the corner, we expect to be seeing a lot more of them in the coming months. But there's a fine line between looking honorably hirsute and hair-raisingly horrifying. Whether you're starting from scratch, growing it out, or are already a world-class whisker man, we've compiled five awesome products and few insider tips to help keep your hairy mug in check and looking hot.

 

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Looking like a rugged wilderness man might be the goal, but that doesn't mean looking like you stepped out of The Call of the Wild. Keeping your facial hair even and well-groomed starts with having the proper trimming and sculpting tools, whether it be scissors, a straight razor, or an electric clipper. We love this ...

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RobHeartsDH
June 27, 2012
Category: Health
National HIV Testing Day

There's about 200,000 Americans right now that don't know they're HIV-positive. Are you one of them?

Today is National HIV Testing Day and it's an important reminder to always know your status. HIV testing and prevention is something we should think about every day, but today is a good time to stop and think when the last time you were tested was and make sure you know where you stand. It's encouraging to learn that a record number of HIV+ people know their status, more than 1.1 million in the U.S. Now the Centers for Disease Control is working to make sure it's easier than ever to make quick and reliable testing available wherever you are, like your local pharmacy.

"Expanding testing access beyond traditional venues will increase the number of people who know their HIV status and help people with HIV get the medical treatment and care they need to live longer and healthier lives. If HIV testing were readily available at all pharmacies throughout our nation, millions of Americans who enter these stores and clinics every week would have ready access to testing services that not only can save their lives, but also help prevent further spread of the virus.

Currently, one third of people with HIV are diagnosed so long after they acquire their infection that they develop AIDS within one year. These individuals will be sicker, die sooner, and have infected more of...

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RobHeartsDH
April 5, 2012
Category: Health
Play Ball

As if we needed a reason to play with our balls, this clever new Peruvian campaign encourages men to take it one step further. The ads feature men in their underwear with different play things screen printed on the crotch in an effort to get more men to check themselves for testicular cancer. It's definitely an attention getting campaign, and since most of us spend a good amount of time with our hands down their anyway, a great reminder to check yourself whenever possible.

Here's a handy "how to" guide, so be sure to check tonight if you haven't in a while. Better yet, grab a friend and let them lend a helping hand.

RobHeartsDH
January 24, 2012
Category: Health
Gay Marriage

If being able to get gay married in Washington wasn't enough to make you happy, how about this news: apparently being able to get married is quite the boost to older gay men and their mental health.

Having a committed and legally recognized spouse or domestic partner has proven to ease the stress many elderly gay men feel, which includes financial fears and age discrimination. "[The study] shines a light on the mental health of a generation of gay men who survived the early years of the AIDS crisis and came of age on the heels of the gay rights movement," Williams Institute scholar and researcher Richard G. Wight, Ph.D., said in a statement Thursday. "Whether legal marriage benefits mental health within same-sex couples in the way it has been proven to benefit different-sex couples deserves much more empirical attention, particularly given that same-sex marriage is not available in most states and was only briefly available in California in 2008.'"

Just another reason gay marriage needs to be on a faster track to legalization.

For the +50 crowd, what are some common stresses that you face as older gay men?

RobHeartsDH
January 24, 2012
Category: Health
Gay Marriage

If being able to get gay married in Washington wasn't enough to make you happy, how about this news: apparently being able to get married is quite the boost to older gay men and their mental health.

Having a committed and legally recognized spouse or domestic partner has proven to ease the stress many elderly gay men feel, which includes financial fears and age discrimination. "[The study] shines a light on the mental health of a generation of gay men who survived the early years of the AIDS crisis and came of age on the heels of the gay rights movement," Williams Institute scholar and researcher Richard G. Wight, Ph.D., said in a statement Thursday. "Whether legal marriage benefits mental health within same-sex couples in the way it has been proven to benefit different-sex couples deserves much more empirical attention, particularly given that same-sex marriage is not available in most states and was only briefly available in California in 2008.'"

Just another reason gay marriage needs to be on a faster track to legalization.

For the +50 crowd, what are some common stresses that you face as older gay men?

RobHeartsDH
December 1, 2011
Category: Health
World AIDS Day

As we acknowledge World AIDS Day today, it occurs to me that while this is a global epidemic, the fallout of this disease tends to be very personal. That's why we're going to use today's post to pay tribute to those we've lost, share stories about our first encounter with HIV/AIDS, and talk about how it's effected our own lives.

When did you first learn about HIV/AIDS vs. when did you encounter it or someone with it in your own life? Have you ever lost a loved one to this disease? Because of how "treatable" HIV is, do you think young people today take the disease too lightly? Please use the comments section below to start a conversation or post a personal story about your experiences.

Most importantly of all, today is an important reminder about practicing safe sex and getting tested often. When was the last time you were tested?

RobHeartsDH
August 31, 2011
Category: Health
Stuffed Herpes

And that's ok. It's estimated that upwards of 50-80% of the population in North America has either Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) 1 or 2. There's such a stigma surrounding herpes, and most STDs really, that the subject matter is rarely discussed openly and honestly. Because of this, many of us have become grossly misinformed when it comes to best practices regarding our sexual health. In college I was part of an HIV and STD peer to peer prevention program, and up until a few weeks ago, thought I was well versed on the subject matter. As it turns out, I came across a pretty startling fact about HSV 1 and 2: transmission can occur from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he is infected. This was news to me, which made me wonder why more people don't know this crucial piece of information about the virus. "Both viral types [genital and oral] are easily transmitted to their site of preference, and can also be spread to other sites. Both are mostly contagious during active outbreaks, but are often spread through viral shedding when there are no recognizable symptoms." Shedding. I didn't even know what that was. But basically it's the thing trying to scare me back into being a big old prude, because there's no way to know when shedding occurs. So where does this leave us?

I started dating a very sexy someone recently and he revealed to me that he had genital herpes, most commonly cause by HSV2. Having just gotten a clean bill of health from my doctor on the STD front, I had a lot of questions to ask. Mainly, how can we...

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Billy Kolber
July 1, 2011
Category: Health
11 Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements

It seems there’s a pill for everything: Restless Leg Syndrome? Who even knew it was a disease, let alone something you could cure with the some pricey pharmaceutical that may or may not be covered by your health insurance should you your doctor prescribe it after you ask if it’s right for you. And if the dizzying array of prescription medication weren’t complicated enough, there’s a whole world of mostly unregulated nutritional supplements that promise all kinds of remarkable yet vague health benefits, always accompanied by the legal disclaimer: “This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

What does “supports anti-oxidant health” really mean anyway? Well, as a biology major, I can tell you that oxidants are “free radicals”, highly-reactive molecules that are believed to play a part in most degenerative diseases and cancers. And anti-oxidants are compounds that stop free radicals from doing their damage. It sounds great, but the science isn’t all there yet. Yes, consuming anti-oxidant rich vegetables leads to better health, but the assumption that anti-oxidants are the reason hasn’t been conclusively proven, nor is there solid evidence that nutritional supplements in pill form serve the same function. The annals of science and medicine (I love saying that ;) are littered with studies suggesting that things are healthy for us that later turn out to be just the opposite...

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Billy Kolber
June 23, 2011
Category: Health
Daddy's Feet: A Love Longevity Story

On the surface, it sounds a little far fetched that taking care of your feet can have a significant impact on your longevity and quality of life, but the connection is quite logical: Hip fractures are one of the most common routes to the off-ramp of life. And many hip-breaking falls are caused by loss of balance, which in turn is often caused by loss of sensation in the feet, which itself is frequently caused by an accumulation of calloused, dead skin on the heels and soles of the feet. Conscientious foot care = better balance = fewer falls = unbroken hips = longer, better life. I first read the connection in The Way We Age Now , A New Yorker Article I highly recommend for anyone interested in maintaining their best health as they grow older (which I hope would be all of you).

If you're a man of action more than words, than buy yourself a foot file, and get to work on those feet. There are three different styles currently on sale at Avon as part of this week's huge Buy 1, Get 1 for 99¢ FootWorks sale. While you're there, you might also pick up some of the Marine Salt...

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