Male adolescent sexual and reproductive health care

Arik V. Marcell, Charles Wibbelsman, Warren M. Seigel, Margaret J. Blythe, William P. Adelman, Cora C. Breuner, David A. Levine, Pamela J. Murray, Rebecca F. O'Brien, Rachel J. Miller, Jorge L. Pinzon, Benjamin Shain

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Abstract

Male adolescents' sexual and reproductive health needs often go unmet in the primary care setting. This report discusses specific issues related to male adolescents' sexual and reproductive health care in the context of primary care, including pubertal and sexual development, sexual behavior, consequences of sexual behavior, and methods of preventing sexually transmitted infections (including HIV) and pregnancy. Pediatricians are encouraged to address male adolescent sexual and reproductive health on a regular basis, including taking a sexual history, performing an appropriate examination, providing patient-centered and age-appropriate anticipatory guidance, and delivering appropriate vaccinations. Pediatricians should provide these services to male adolescent patients in a confidential and culturally appropriate manner, promote healthy sexual relationships and responsibility, and involve parents in age-appropriate discussions about sexual health with their sons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1658-e1676
JournalPediatrics
Volume128
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011

Keywords

  • Male adolescents
  • Male puberty
  • Male reproductive health
  • Male sexual health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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