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Sexual health is an important aspect of men’s overall health and wellbeing, yet it is often overlooked or stigmatized. In this article, we will discuss issues related to sexual health for men, including safe sex practices, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and fertility. We will also explore recent research findings in these areas.

Safe Sex Practices

Safe sex practices are essential for protecting oneself and one’s partner from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies. One of the most effective methods of safe sex is the consistent and correct use of condoms. Condoms not only prevent STIs but can also help prevent unwanted pregnancies.

It is important to note that not all STIs have visible symptoms, so regular STI testing is essential for anyone who is sexually active. Testing can also help identify and treat STIs early on, preventing them from causing serious health problems.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

STIs are infections that are spread through sexual contact. There are many different types of STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis, and human papillomavirus (HPV). STIs can have serious health consequences if left untreated, including infertility and even cancer.

Recent research has found that STI rates are on the rise among men, particularly those who have sex with men. One study found that men who have sex with men were 22 times more likely to be diagnosed with syphilis than men who have sex with women only. Another study found that young men aged 15-24 had the highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea.


Fertility is another important aspect of men’s sexual health. Infertility can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, age, lifestyle factors such as smoking and alcohol use, and certain medical conditions. Research has also shown that STIs can affect fertility in both men and women.

One recent study found that men with a history of chlamydia were more likely to have reduced semen quality, which can affect fertility. Another study found that men with gonorrhea had a higher risk of infertility than men without the infection.

Resources for Sexual Health

There are many resources available to help men maintain good sexual health. Here are some organizations and resources that you may find helpful:

Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood provides sexual and reproductive health care, including STI testing and treatment, contraception, and fertility services.

CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information about sexual health, including safe sex practices and STI testing.

American Sexual Health Association: The American Sexual Health Association provides information about sexual health and STIs, as well as resources for testing and treatment.

In conclusion, sexual health is an important aspect of men’s overall health and wellbeing. Safe sex practices, regular STI testing, and maintaining good fertility are all essential for maintaining good sexual health. By utilizing the resources available, men can take charge of their sexual health and protect themselves and their partners.


  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021). Sexual Health. https://www.cdc.gov/sexualhealth/index.html
  • Glick, S. N., Morris, M., Foxman, B., Aral, S. O., & Manhart, L. E. (2012). Association between sex partner change among men who have sex with men and higher incidence of sexually transmitted infections: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 39(4), 274-281.
  • Petersen, E. E., Kent, C. K., Montoya, J. A., & Klausner, J. D. (2007). Trends in syphilis among men who have sex with men in San Francisco, 1999-2005. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 34(11), 836-839.
  • Satterwhite, C. L., Torrone, E., Meites, E., Dunne, E. F., Mahajan, R., Ocfemia, M. C., & Weinstock, H. (2013). Sexually transmitted infections among US women and men: Prevalence and incidence estimates, 2008. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 40(3), 187-193.
  • The American Sexual Health Association. (2021). About ASHA. https://www.ashasexualhealth.org/about-asha/
  • Tu, W., Gao, L., Jing, J., Hu, T., Lei, H., & Li, X. (2013). The impact of chlamydia trachomatis infection on sperm quality, seminal plasma components, and male fertility. Spermatogenesis, 3(3), e25146.
  • Yin, Y. P., Chen, S. C., Wang, H. C., Huang, W. L., Li, H. P., & Chen, X. S. (2013). Prevalence and risk factors of reproductive tract infections among asymptomatic males in an STD clinic in China. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 10(3), 839-846.