Man Sexual Health Problems Increasing Awareness Before It's To Late

Man Sexual Health Needs Are They Taboo�

Many health consultants cannot agree on what the meaning of man sexual health is.

They can't agree who's responsible for it. But just hoping it will happen isn't working, a new report concludes. The study, "In Their Own Right: Addressing the Man Sexual Health and Reproductive Health Needs of American Men," is the work of the Allan Guttmacher Institute. One of the report's authors is David Landry, a senior research associate at the institute.

"One of the critical factors is that there is no place for men to go for man sexual health and reproductive health care," Landry tells us. "Men need to be aware, their partners should be aware, that women don't have to assume responsibility alone."

This problem isn't hidden out sight. In fact, it's often headline news:

  • Increase rates of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV
  • Higher than normal teen pregnancies and births in the U.S.than anywhere else in the developed world
  • Fathers failing to fulfill their responsibilities as parents
  • Continued high divorce rates What would men's sexual health look like? Sarah S. Brown, director of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, says the report paints a vivid picture.

    "It looks like good education in schools; it means reimbursement for counseling and care for men as well as for women; it means training for physicians in man sexual health and women's sexual health issues," Brown tells us.

    Providing more male sexual health services to men shouldn't mean cuts in services to women, Landry is quick to point out.

    The main types of services that can be provided for men are awareness raising and counseling. These are services for the most part are the least expensive to provide. By providing for men we are also doing good service for women.

    One important part of this report is on man sexual health in their teens and early 20s. Some findings:

  • 1 in 4 teens are sexually experienced by age 15. 9 out of 10 men have had sex by their 20th birthday.
  • Poor and minority youths begin sexual activity at a younger age than more upper-class or white teens.
  • More often than not, a man will use a condom during his first time sexual experience. Later, condom use declines.
  • Only 7% of births involve teenage men.
  • Once a year, 13% of all abortions involve teenage men. More than 1/2 of teenage pregnancies involving teenage men result in a birth.
  • Men in their 20s are involved in about 1/2 of all U.S. births -- and 1/2 of all U.S. abortions.
  • 8 out of 10 children fathered by men in their early 20s are born out of wedlock. The report also considers the needs of older men:
  • 1/2 of all men father a child by the age of 30.
  • 8 of 10 men in their 40s are married or living with a woman.
  • By the age of 49, the average man has had two children.
  • More than 1 in 10 men in their 30s has a child he does not live with.
  • 8 of 10 U.S. adults with AIDS is a man.
  • 1/2 of all men who use condoms do so for birth control, not disease prevention.

    "The value of this report is that it takes a life span perspective," Brown says. "What I love is that it addresses the whole life span of men."

    So what do men need? The report says man sexual health have several immediate needs. The first is to be better informed. Parents, doctors, teachers, and community leaders must be involved to make sure access to man sexual health information. This includes education on:

  • Basic male sexuality and reproductive health
  • Genital health
  • Man health sexual relationships.

    Topics should include when sexual involvement is appropriate; forms of sexual expression; sexual coercion and violence; and the influence of alcohol and drugs on behavior.

  • Pregnancy prevention, including no sex and condom use
  • Prevention of sexually transmitted diseases or (STD�S) and HIV
  • The responsibilities of fatherhood
  • Where to find other services

    Men also need to learn specific skills. These include skills in preventing pregnancy and disease, and fathering skills.

    Men often need counseling. This should include:

  • Help developing self-esteem and gaining a sense of control over his life and his decisions
  • Help getting through major life situations and decisions
  • Coaching in developing values and motivation

    Men need healthcare. This should include preventive services beginning prior to the teenage years and continuing throughout life. Physicians should follow AMA guidelines in obtaining a sexual history and in testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

    What is needed is a community wide effort; we need to heighten awareness to a larger extent.

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