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New Policy Brief by Gabriele Schmied and Christine Reidl, European
Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research Vienna
"Young Men: Sexuality and Sex Education.
Health Promotion and Prevention in the Area of Sexual and Reproductive
Health for Young Men Coming from Different Social and Cultural Backgrounds"
Whereas the number of new HIV-infections has remained relatively stable,
infections with other sexually transmitted diseases such as hepatitis,
syphilis and gonorrhoea are lately on the increase in Austria. Regarding
the number of teenage pregnancies, Austria has an average rate compared
to other OECD countries. Health promotion and prevention in the area of
sexual and reproductive health is mainly directed towards youth in order
to provide them in time with the appropriate knowledge and behaviour
patterns to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases and
However, research evidence shows that the conventional offers in this
area often do not or insufficiently reach young boys and young persons
from social classes with education deficits, despite the fact that they
are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour.
A study conducted by the European Centre in 2006/2007 using interviews
with experts and male youth shows the challenges posed in the work with
boys, their experiences with sex education, their respective information
demands as well as how they may be best addressed by relevant offers. An
important result of the study is that socially disadvantaged youth as
well as migrants have sexual contacts at an earlier stage than other
youth but provide of fewer information resources. Hence, for these youth
gender-and culture-specific offers should be increased.
More: http://www.euro.centre.org/detail.php?xml_id=1192 (English),
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Annette Hexelschneider, Dipl.-Ing.
Head of Knowledge and Information Management Support Unit
European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research
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