Reassessing adolescent male sexual and reproductive health in the United States: Research and recommendations

Laura Duberstein Lindberg, Adam Sonfield, Alison Gemmill

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Adolescent males are practicing safer sexual behaviors and experiencing healthier outcomes than their predecessors. In recent years, adolescent males have tended to start having sex later in life, have fewer sexual partners, use condoms and other contraceptive methods more often, and father fewer children. Yet sexual activity during adolescence remains the norm, and thus adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) remains an important concern. Moreover, large disparities remain in risk and outcomes according to race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, social connectivity, and where men live. Policy and program advances have been limited. Adolescent males are less likely than they were a decade ago to be receiving broad-based SRH information in school, and their access to clinical services has increased only marginally. Most new funding has been provided for ineffective abstinence-only education programs. Prerequisites for continued progress include research to fill in gaps in our knowledge, arriving at societal consensus around key controversies, and new tactics and allies in the political arena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-56
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican journal of men's health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent males
  • Reproductive health
  • Sexual activity
  • Sexual health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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