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The good, the bad, and the why: How do Arabic-speaking migrant men perceive and experience information and services related to sexual and reproductive health in Sweden?
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0609-8745
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8114-4705
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7087-1467
2023 (English)In: Journal of Migration and Health, ISSN 2666-6235, Vol. 7, article id 100153Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although migrant men constitute a large and growing proportion of men in Sweden, literature exploring migrant men's experiences in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services is scarce. We aimed to explore how Arabic-speaking migrant men perceive and experience information and services related to SRH in Sweden. We conducted 13 semi-structured interviews with Arabic-speaking migrant men and analysed the data using reflexive thematic analysis. We developed four themes: 1) SRH is ‘something essential in life’; 2) the good: a transition to a ‘new open society’; 3) the bad: barriers to sexual education and health services; and 4) the why: blaming oneself or the system. SRH services and sexual education/information were perceived as needs and rights, and the participants were content with the new possibilities and the ‘new open society’. However, sexual education was not provided to most migrants, and SRH services provided to men had shortcomings that deprived some migrant men from fulfilling their needs. Moreover, internalised and cultural racism created a challenge to receive adequate/acceptable SRH services. There is a need to provide comprehensive sexual education for all, strengthen SRH services provided to men, and develop an action plan to reinforce the anti-discrimination/racism policies in healthcare and society.

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Elsevier, 2023. Vol. 7, article id 100153
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Sexual and reproductive health, Cultural racism, Internalised racism, Arabic-speaking, Men
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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Public health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-204319DOI: 10.1016/j.jmh.2023.100153ISI: 000967407100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85147102590OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-204319DiVA, id: diva2:1733041
Available from: 2023-02-01 Created: 2023-02-01 Last updated: 2023-09-05Bibliographically approved

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