A toolkit for action
In much of the world, including Latin America and the Caribbean, young men are generally raised to be self-reliant and not to worry about their health. Often, they see sexual and reproductive health as an issue that only concerns women and girls. Moreover, for many young men, sexual experience is often associated with initiation into manhood and multiple partners with sexual prowess. These and other rigid attitudes and ideals related to masculinity, including those which espouse male dominance over women (physical and sexual), have implications for the vulnerability of both young men and women to HIV/AIDS.