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Sexual health clinics 'must be more welcoming to boys'

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Only 20 per cent of clients at sexual health services provider Brook are boys and young men, prompting the organisation to urge sexual health services to be more welcoming.

According to Brook, there is a common perception that sexual health clinics are just for girls, and many young men do not even know where to go for sexual health advice.

They are often too embarrassed to talk about their sex life, and some are concerned that staff would be judgemental and even tell them off.

Simon Blake, chief executive of Brook, commented: "The research will support sexual health services and professionals in meeting the needs of young men and encouraging more widespread use of services.

"We need to look at sexual health services through the eyes of young men and ensure that we cater towards their interest and concerns as well as provide opportunities to engage with them."

The research also revealed that the majority of young men who had visited the Brook service did so in order to obtain contraception, and 54 per cent used sexual health services for the first time with a male friend.

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Treatment news: 21/05/2008