- Reaching men is critical for effective STD
- Family planning programs can reach men by:
- appealing to their self
interest in avoiding STDs
- providing STD services to them
Reaching only women with STD prevention messages or treating
only infected women has limited effectiveness. If a woman is
treated for an STD infection, her sexual partner must be treated
as well. If not, the woman likely will be reinfected and scarce
resources will have been wasted. In addition, women may not
be able to negotiate safe sex with their partners unless their
partners are also aware of the risks for STD infection and are
willing to change their behavior. Thus, reaching men is critical
for STD prevention.
FP/MCH programs can reach out to men, by appealing to mens
inherent interest in avoiding STDs and providing men with services.
PROFAMILIA, the International Planned Parenthood Federation
affiliate in Colombia, is one example of a program that provides
STD services for men in its traditional clinics, as well as
in male-only clinics.
Some family planning programs that have successfully added
services for men have been able to expand overall services without
reducing services for women.
Learner Note: Slide 41 in
Section 2 of this module provides more information on
the subject of reaching men.