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Session: Men and Reproductive Health: U.S. and International Experiance and Lessons
5070.0: Wednesday, November 10, 2004: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Men and Reproductive Health: U.S. and International Experiance and Lessons
In many countries, men strongly influence women’s decisions related to family planning and reproductive health, sometimes making such decisions themselves. Further, men face reproductive health risks of their own, especially when they engage in high-risk sexual activity. Sexually transmitted infections acquired in that way are then often passed on to spouses and/or other partners. As such, positive male attitudes, partner support, and appropriate involvement can benefit women’s and men's reproductive health in many ways. This panel explores many approaches to fostering more positive and supportive male involvement in both the US and in international settings, including ways in which such involvement can contribute to improved women’s health and wellbeing. Presentation topics include attitudes of male Mexican immigrants toward reproductive health, an educational outreach and clinical services program in the US, male influences on Latinas’ effective contraceptive use, gender equity to reduce young males’ HIV risk, and males’ use of female clinics for reproductive health services. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods are presented to show ways in which gender equity and appropriate male involvement can improve women’s and men’s reproductive health.
Learning Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be able to: 1) describe different education and service approaches for working with males from diverse populations on reproductive health issues 2) Gain a deeper understanding of the complex realities that affect migrant men in the US and their reproductive decision-making 3) Identify what factors are most strongly associated with effective contraceptive use among a sample of Latina women at increased risk for HIV, including the influence of male partners and relationship factors 4) Cite associations between inequitable gender norms, HIV risk and violence among young men, as measured by a culturally appropriate scale to measure gender norms and male attitudes 5) describe the utilization pattern and characteristics of male clients attending female focused clinics, and effective interventions to bring male clients to such centers for treatment
Moderator(s):Héctor Sánchez-Flores
8:30 AMMale Advocates for Responsible Sexuality (MARS): An Innovative Male Reproductive Health Demonstration Project  [ Recorded presentation ]
Lena Marie Edmunds, BS, BA, CHES, Elizabeth Rink, LCSW, CHES, Ann Zukoski, DrPH MPH, Megan M. Patton, EdM, CHES
8:44 AMMexican male immigrants: Gender, power, culture & reproductive health  [ Recorded presentation ]
Catherine Maternowska, PhD, MPH
8:58 AMEffective contraceptive use among a sample of Latina women: The influence of male partners and relationship factors
S. Marie Harvey, DrPH, Sheryl Thorburn Bird, PhD, MPH, Jillian T. Henderson, PhD, MPH, America Casillas
9:12 AMImpact of program promoting equitable gender norms to reduce young men’s HIV risk  [ Recorded presentation ]
Julie Pulerwitz, ScD, Gary T. Barker, MA, M Segundo
9:26 AMWithdrawn -- Characteristics of male using reproductive health services from female clinics: Experience from a pilot study in Bangladesh
Sharif Mohammed Ismail Hossain, MBBS MPH, Ubaidur Rob, Ph D, Ahamed Al Sabir, Ahsanul Alam, Md Nizamuddin
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Endorsed by:Health Administration; International Health; Public Health Nursing; Socialist Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA