The Reproductive and Sexual Health of Young Men of Color: Redressing Disparities and Engaging YMOC in Prevention

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In the United States, rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as of unintended pregnancy are disproportionately high among youth of color (YMOC), especially among African American/Black and Latino/Hispanic youth. Social, economic, and cultural barriers limit the ability of many youth of color to receive accurate and adequate information on preventing HIV, STIs, and unintended pregnancy. Furthermore, the sexual and reproductive health needs of young men of color are often under-addressed and insufficiently understood in clinical settings, sexual and reproductive health promotion efforts, and sexual health education programs. It is important to promote programs that seek to engage young men of color in a culturally relevant manner and to work to redress the social inequity that leads to health disparities for this population.

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