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Sexual education and sexual issues in male students in a secondary school: andrological perspective

Gentile, G1; Trallo, F2; Franceschelli, A1; Vagnoni, V1; Colombo, F1

1: Andrology Unit, Dept. of Urology and Gynecology, University Hospital s.Orsola, Italy; 2: Private Practice Gynecologist

Objectives: reporting our experience of sexual education to male students (sts) in a secondary school

Materials & methods: 3 well experienced Andrologists of our team accepted an invitation from the dean of the secondary school C. Jussi of S. Lazzaro (Bologna) in order to provide a sexual education course to male sts.

Following a frontal introduction about sexual health and prevention of sexual diseases, the andrologists asked the sts about their sexual issues, sexual activity and interests. At the end of the lesson a non-validated anonymous questionnaire was given to all sts in order to explore their level of interest in treated topics, sexual behaviour, level of knowledge about sex issues and sex information sources.

Results: From Jan 2015 – Mar 2015 we met 475 st (sts’age = 11-14 years). The duration of the frontal lessons were 3 hours(h) followed by an open debate (main duration 2h). The 5 top questioned topics were: sexually transmitted diseases (81 st), varicocele (55 st), testis cancer (43 st), premature ejaculation (32 st), impact of alcohol and drugs on male sexuality (31 st). The Questionnaires were completed by 341 st (71,8%) showing the following data: the level of interest on the treated topics were very high/high in 97% of sts; all sts declared heterosexual orientation, 83% of the sts reported sexual experiences (masturbation), 19% of the sts reported sexual intercourse, among this last group less than half used condoms regularly (47%). Interestingly 85% of sts declared to have every day issues or questions about sex and sexuality, 15% of sts to have them weekly, and 10% montly. The main source where the sts usually looked for answers about these issues was: the internet (76%), a friend (13%), television (4%), family (4%), other (3%).

Conclusions: As the World Health Organization declared in 2014 in most parts of the world, health outcomes among boys and men continue to be substantially worse than among girls and women. This phenomenon represent a gender-based disparity in health between men and women. The lack of access to health professionals expecially affects young people, their interest in sexual health issues and their specific needs with regard to sexual health information, for this reason they could search for these information in damaging or not licit sources. Male young people seem to be extremely interested in sexual education and our initiative was extremely appreciated by both sts and their parents.


Work supported by industry: no.

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