Friday, June 17, 2016

More men using family planning services

More men are visiting Title X Family Planning Program sites, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the HHS Office of Population Affairs (OPA) in observance of June’s Men’s Health Month.
From 2003 through 2014, a total of 3.8 million men visited Title X service sites in the 50 states and District of Columbia. The percentage of male clients nearly doubled from 4.5 percent (221,425 males) in 2003 to 8.8 percent (362,531 males) in 2014. 
In 2014, male users of Title X family planning services were diverse in age, race/ethnicity, and geography:
  • Approximately one-third (35 percent) were non-Hispanic white, 28 percent were Hispanic or Latino, and 24 percent were black.
  • Nearly half (49 percent) were age 20-29 years, 20 percent were age 30-39, and 14 percent were age 15-19.
  • The percentage of clients that were male also varied widely from state to state, from 1 percent or less in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama to 27.2 percent in the District of Columbia.
Although far fewer men than women seek family planning and related services at Title X clinics, the number of men seeking these services is rapidly increasing. Health care settings that include family planning can adapt a client-centered, male-focused approach to better meet the health needs of males.

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