Involving Men in Sexual and Reproductive Health: Why and How

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Why aren't Men Involved?. Gender roles

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Involving Men in Sexual and Reproductive Health: Why and How

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1. Involving Men in Sexual and Reproductive Health: Why? and How? Gender and Health Unit Pan-American Health Organization

2. Why arenít Men Involved? Gender roles Ė masculinity norms influence menís SRH behaviour and attitudes Menís virility is measured by sexual conquests and number of children Sexual initiation begins earlier for males than for females Males required to constantly prove their manhood through sexual activity Boys and men are often uninformed or misinformed about female sexuality, contraception, fertility and transmission of infections

3. Why Involve Men? The National Masculine Health survey in Honduras (1998) found that in the past 12 months 50.6% of men had used a health service, but of these, the greatest percentage went to a pharmacy (24%) or saw a traditional healer (7%)

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