Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Receipt Among Young Males Aged 15–24

Arik V. Marcell, Susannah E. Gibbs, Nanlesta A. Pilgrim, Kathleen R. Page, Renata Arrington-Sanders, Jacky M. Jennings, Penny S. Loosier, Patricia J. Dittus

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Purpose: This study aimed to describe young men's sexual and reproductive health care (SRHC) receipt by sexual behavior and factors associated with greater SRHC receipt. Methods: There were 427 male patients aged 15–24 who were recruited from 3 primary care and 2 sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics in 1 urban city. Immediately after the visit, the survey assessed receipt of 18 recommended SRHC services across four domains: screening history (sexual health, STD/HIV test, family planning); laboratories (STDs/HIV); condom products (condoms/lubrication); and counseling (STD/HIV risk reduction, family planning, condoms); in addition, demographic, sexual behavior, and visit characteristics were examined. Multivariable Poisson regressions examined factors associated with each SRHC subdomain adjusting for participant clustering within clinics. Results: Of the participants, 90% were non-Hispanic black, 61% were aged 20–24, 90% were sexually active, 71% had female partners (FPs), and 20% had male or male and female partners (M/MFPs). Among sexually active males, 1 in 10 received all services. Half or more were asked about sexual health and STD/HIV tests, tested for STDs/HIV, and were counseled on STD/HIV risk reduction and correct condom use. Fewer were asked about family planning (23%), were provided condom products (32%), and were counseled about family planning (35%). Overall and for each subdomain, never sexually active males reported fewer services than sexually active males. Factors consistently associated with greater SRHC receipt across subdomains included having M/MFPs versus FPs, routine versus non–STD-acute visit, time alone with provider without parent, and seen at STD versus primary care clinic. Males having FPs versus M/MFPs reported greater family planning counseling. Conclusions: Findings have implications for improving young men's SRHC delivery beyond the narrow scope of STD/HIV care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)382-389
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2018


  • Male adolescents
  • Quality of care
  • Sexual and reproductive health care
  • Young adult men

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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