CLEVELAND, Ohio – When it’s time to discuss sexual health with their doctor, nearly half of men prefer to do so on a virtual tour to avoid embarrassment, a new national survey from Cleveland Clinc has shown.

About 44% of men surveyed said they preferred to discuss sexual health issues with a doctor online or over the phone. Younger generations are more open to virtual tours, with 41% of Millennials and 36% of Gen Z adults preferring an online visit, compared to 9% of baby boomers.

The survey is part of the Clinic’s sixth annual educational campaign, “Mention It,” which addresses the fact that men often don’t “mention” health problems or get screened for them early. The results of the investigation were released on Wednesday.

This year’s survey focuses on the barriers to care that impact the ability of men of color to access health care, and the cultural differences surrounding discussions of men’s health issues such as infertility. or erectile dysfunction.

The online survey showed:

  • A quarter of men of color (26%) and 20% of white men said they saw their doctor less than once a year or never.
  • 66% of all men have used digital health services in the past 12 months.
  • About half (52%) of men of color and 37% of white men said it was difficult to take time off work to see a doctor.
  • 44% of all men said they preferred talking to a doctor online or on the phone when discussing sexual health issues because they were too embarrassed to do so in person.
  • 29% of all men said they would prefer to have an online visit with a doctor / healthcare professional rather than an in-person visit.
  • When discussing sexual health issues, 44% of all men said they preferred to talk to a doctor online or on the phone because they were too embarrassed to do so in person.
  • More than half of Hispanic men (56%) said they prefer to discuss sexual health issues with a doctor online.

This year’s MENTion It campaign aims to raise awareness of the specific health issues of men of color. African Americans are six times more likely to develop kidney failure from high blood pressure. African American men are also more likely to have the more dangerous types of prostate cancer. Hispanic men are more likely than white men to have and die from diabetes and diabetes-related kidney disease.

“These results (of the survey) have helped us better understand ways to reach men of color, such as adding a Hispanic Men’s Health Clinic to the Lutheran Clinic in Cleveland, a place with a large Hispanic population, ”Dr. Georges Haber, chairman of the urology department at the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, said in a statement. “Our hope is to continue to educate men that early detection through screening and preventive check-ups is essential to diagnose many of these conditions while they are still in the early stages of treatment. and healing. “

The online survey, distributed in May, included a representative sample of 1,000 American men aged 18 and older, with additional oversamples for demographics representing Hispanic, Black / African American, Asian / Pacific Islander men. and Native Americans / Alaska Natives.

“Since we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to understand how virtual health care can play a bigger role for men, and especially for men of color who are so affected. disproportionate by various disparities in health care, ”said Dr. Eric Klein, president of the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, in a statement. “We have found that just going to the doctor is a challenge for some men, and that other men find it easier to open up to their doctor on the computer screen than in person. “

The clinic has grown from 37,000 virtual visits in 2019 to 1.2 million in 2020. The healthcare system is open to in-person care but continues to see the trend of increased use of virtual healthcare in 2021, he said. he said in a statement.

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