Perceptions of men’s sexual health behaviour
Laura Serrant-Green Lecturer in Adult Health, University of Nottingham Medical School, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham
Aim The aim of the pilot study was to explore lay and professional perceptions of men’s sexual health behaviour and the factors affecting risk in relation to sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Method The research was conducted in two cities in the UK and data were collected using a semi-structured questionnaire. A purposive sampling technique was used to ensure that a mixture of lay and professional responses was received.
Results The results indicate that lay and professional respondents perceive that STI risk is related to social inequality. Men from minority ethnic groups and lower social classes are believed to be at particular risk of contracting STIs but their needs are not being adequately addressed by sexual health services and information providers.
Conclusion Further research is needed to discover the ways in which sexual health and risk are affected by social inequality. Service providers and planners need to consider the possible consequences of developing sexual health services for the male population.
This article has been subject to double blind peer review
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