Adolescent and young adult (AYA) males - those between the ages of 10 and 26 - receive minimal health care; for them health care consists largely of sports physicals and an occasional visit to the emergency room. Yet, according to the most recent data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AYA males are at higher risk than their female contemporaries for:
In addition, AYA males are half of the teen unintended pregnancy equation and can pass on undiagnosed STIs to their sexual partners.
An article published in the February 2014 issue of the journal Pediatrics found that, in 2009, 7391 hospitalizations were due to firearm-related injuries. Rates were highest for those aged 15 to 19 years, and of all hospitalizations, 89.2% occurred in males.2
If we care about the health of future generations, male and female, we need to start addressing the unmet health care needs of AYA males.
The Partnership is pleased to announce the release of two groundbreaking clinical instruments to engage young males in their own health care and to provide guidance to health care providers who see them. The tools are online and are free of charge.
1. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011
2. Hospitalizations Due to Firearm Injuries in Children and Adolescents, Pediatrics, 2013.