Scholarship and advocacy work regarding reproductive health have often focused
on women’s experiences. Concerns about men’s sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH)
have historically been on the margins in this context. In the United States, young men are at
the greatest risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), yet are the least likely to seek SRH.
Based on research with 18 healthcare providers in a large public Florida university clinic,
we examined providers’ perspectives about expanding men’s SRH provision and utilisation.
Research findings demonstrate inconsistent provider strategies in treating men’s SRH needs
and a clinical environment that has low expectations of men receiving preventive care, further
perpetuating the placement of SRH responsibility upon women. This article contributes to applied
and medical anthropology scholarship on health inequalities through its discussion of
the challenges and barriers that contribute to poor SRH for young men and the critical role of
providers in this context.
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