The Oregon State University Research Center recently revealed the sexual health issues confronting migrating Hispanic men averaging the age of 24 within the rural area in Oregon. One of the major issues confronting the subjects is the need for a better sexual health services to be available to them. It can be noted that they are one the biggest minority groups in the United States. The subjects in the research study are migrating Latino men who reside in the US for 10 years.
The study revealed that about half of the 49 Hispanic men never had the opportunity to receive health services from a health care provider. But a significant number of them (about 88%) never received any sexual and reproductive health care and services. This result was published in the American Journal of Men’s Health and the report gave the true insights that this minority groups experience difficulty in accessing a better sexual health services in their community.
Unintended pregnancy, AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV are among the most common sexual health problems experienced by the group. Among the sexual health issues raised is the lack of their ability to communicate with the health care providers as well as the lack of male health providers. Among the barriers that deprive young Latinos to enjoy sexual health services is the communication gap and poor sexual health services designed to be appropriate for them.
Apparently, men should also be actively engaged in the reproductive health planning. At the current time, women are more actively engaged to participate on sexual health and reproductive education but the research outcome now indicates the need to develop a sexual health and reproductive programs that are more designed for both genders. Men should be encouraged to participate about discussing sexual health issues and be more open in talking about their sexual health.
The research also linked the reluctance of these men to use the sexual health services available for them with their cultural background. Hispanic parents are known not to be too open about discussing sex with their children. Owing to the language barrier, it is also important to explain medical terminologies to them when discussing about safe sex and family planning. It is clear that these men are reluctant to obtain help for their sexual health issues because they are timid about discussing their condition. It is best to extend sexual health service to them by initiating the distribution of a pamphlet in the Spanish language discussing about the health services available to them and some useful guide for a safe sexual activity such as the use of contraceptives. It is also important to let them know that there are male sexual dysfunctions that are treatable or manageable and they do not have to suffer in silence for their sexual health problems.