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Men's health fair

New Hanover County men, with little to no insurance, were able to take advantage of free health screenings Saturday. Nurses were on hand at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in downtown Wilmington to provide care. The screenings included blood tests for glucose and cholesterol, blood pressure checks and body mass index, HIV testing and counseling. The patients noted heath screenings are important for everyone. “You start going to the doctor to learn the symptoms, then you'll know what to do. You could have a long healthy life. I'm going to be here a long time,” said George Junious of Wilmington. The event was sponsored by the New Hanover County Health Department and the New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

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It's a shame we have to segregate people based on gender or other factors to get them to have concerns for such important issues such as health. While some individuals may have health concerns that are unique to them based on gender, tradition and stereotyping always lend a hand in trivializing certain health concerns that are of import to EVERYONE. Playing up or trivializing certain health issues that can directly affect individuals, despite their gender, does a great disservice to those who are ignored ot pushed to the side. We can only hope that someone finds the desire to have a women's health fair (which probably will exist) and that both the men's and women's health concerns are dealt with intelligently and that the stereotyping and trivializing of certain medical conditions are left at the door. Andrew