Because of the physical, mental, and social changes that occur in boys around puberty and into adolescence, and because boys are more likely to initiate sexual behavior, it's important for health care providers to discuss sexual and reproductive health care with their male patients. There are several opportunities for primary care providers to educate their male patients about important prevention measures around reproductive and sexual health. Below are some resources to help in caring for young adolescent males.
AAP Clinical guidance for providers
Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 4th Edition
Adolescent Male Sexual and Reproductive Health Care: This clinical report provides guidance on how to deliver sexual and reproductive health care services to adolescent male patients and how to provide education and guidance on safe and responsible sexual behavior.
Sexuality Education for Children and Adolescents: This clinical report discusses educational opportunities to address safe sexual behaviors with adolescent males and the potential unintended consequences of their actions.
Condom Use: Contraception is a vital part of an adolescent male's safe sexual practices. This policy statement stresses the importance of male condom use in preventing pregnancy and STIs.
Education and Engaging Young Men in Reproductive Health
Other Helpful Resources for Providers, Adolescents/Young Adults, and Families
Healthy Children: The AAP’s public facing Web site contains information and guidance specific to male adolescent reproductive and sexual health.
Testicular Cancer Screening Recommendations (from the US Preventive Services Task Force)
The Male Genital Examination (Position Paper, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine), which provides guidance on performing a genital exam on male adolescent patients.
The Physicians for Reproductive Health (PRH) Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Education Project (ARSHEP)
PowerPoint presentation on the delivery of male adolescent reproductive and sexual health care. There are also video vignettes on how to conduct the visit.
Preventive Male Sexual and Reproductive Health Care – Recommendations for clinical practice: In response to the lack of standards for male sexual and reproductive health care, the Male Training Center for Family Planning and Reproductive Health developed a report on how to provide comprehensive care to young males.
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