This article is based on a study of the male-involvement initiative of APROFE (Association for the Benefit of the Ecuadorian Family). It analyses the lessons learned from a mix of strategies to increase the number of male clients attending APROFE’s sexual and reproductive health services. Based on provider interviews, the study describes the gender and privacy issues that arise when treating heterosexual couples in health services and highlights the dynamics between each member of the couple and the service provider in the case of STI diagnosis. The study revealed clear benefits from male involvement – for both members of the couple. At the same time, the limitations of the health service setting in resolving gender issues that underlie sexual health problems are clear from the findings.
Author: Bonnie L. Shepard