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Sexual and reproductive health: What about boys and men?

Boys and men have been left out in our efforts to improve sexual and reproductive health. Three broad approaches exist to improving men's participation in activities concerning sexual health, though there is a frustrating lack of evidence to show that these initiatives will have social or clinical impact. Firstly, experts in sex education argue that we should start with what boys want, rather than what adults think they need.3 Secondly, we should be more honest to young men about the barriers to using condoms and practising safe sex, including embarrassment, fear of failure, and loss of sensitivity. Finally, we need to make sexual health services more accessible to boys and men. [Excerpt from Abstract]