Worldwide, men are less likely to seek sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV services than women. This is due to the way in which SRH and HIV services are organized and promoted as well as rigid gender norms and harmful perceptions of what it means to be a man, with far reaching consequences on health and well-being. The “Steps to Integration” series provides a guide on how to integrate SRH and HIV services based on findings from the Integra Initiative, managed by International Planned Parenthood Federation in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Population Council. Issue 8 of the series focuses on male utilization of integrated SRH and HIV services. Recommendations include: restructuring health facility reception areas and changing client flow to increase confidentiality and privacy; training health care workers on men’s sensitivities, needs, and preferences within SRH service provision, and recruiting more men to become health care providers; strengthening collaboration between traditional healers and health providers; and engaging the media to support male roles as capable household and community providers.
"Male utilization in integrated SRH and HIV services," Steps to Integration, Issue 8. Washington, DC: Integra Initiative, 2015.
Assessing the Benefits of Integrated HIV and Reproductive Health Services: The Integra Initiative