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Young Men's Preferences for Sexually Transmitted Disease and Reproductive Health Services in San Francisco, California

Saadatmand, Heva Jasmine MPH*,†; Bernstein, Kyle T. PhD, ScM*; McCright, Jacqueline MPH*; Gallaread, Alonzo*; Philip, Susan S. MD, MPH*; Lippman, Sheri A. MPH, PhD

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: June 2012 - Volume 39 - Issue 6 - p 421–423
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e318249d651

We explored STD (sexually transmitted disease) service preferences among 108 African-American adolescent males recruited from a high-morbidity neighborhood. Participants largely preferred to seek care at traditional STD testing venues (86.5%) rather than nontraditional venues. Additionally, most males preferred receiving STD test results from a clinician (61.1%) rather than online (11.1%) or through email or text message (12.0%). These results highlight the need for continued strengthening of traditional public health clinics to ensure capacity to meet young men's health needs and to improve outreach and access to traditional STD services for young men.

From the *San Francisco Department of Public Health, STD Prevention and Control Services, San Francisco, CA; CSTE/CDC Applied Epidemiology Fellow; and UCSF, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, San Francisco, CA

Supported by an award from the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) Innovative Grants Program. Funding for CAPS and the Innovative Grants Program is provided by the United States National Institute of Mental Health (P30MH062246).

Correspondence: Kyle T. Bernstein, PhD, ScM, Epidemiology, Research and Surveillance, STD Prevention and Control Services, San Francisco Department of Public Health, 1360 Mission St, Suite 401, San Francisco, CA 94103. E-mail:

Received for publication May 26, 2011, and accepted January 5, 2012.

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