Adolescent Male Sexual and Reproductive Health
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. Here are some resources to help:
The AAP clinical report Adolescent Male Sexual and Reproductive Health Care 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.
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 entitled Preventive Male Sexual and Reproductive Health Care – Recommendations for clinical practice.
Youth who are gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning are an important population with unique healthcare needs, as they experience significant health disparities in mental health, substance use, and sexually transmitted infections. The AAP Policy Statement and Technical Report on office-based care of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth provides guidance on specific healthcare needs and how to provide optimal care for the LGBTQ population.
There are several opportunities for primary care providers to educate their male patients about important prevention measures around reproductive and sexual health.
The AAP clinical report Sexuality Education for Children and Adolescents discusses educational opportunities to address safe sexual behaviors with adolescent males and the potential unintended consequences of their actions.
Contraception is a vital part of an adolescent male's safe sexual practices. The AAP's policy statement on Condom Use stresses the importance of male condom use in preventing pregnancy and STIs.
Other resources focusing on reproductive health care for young males include: