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NASCIMENTO, Elaine Ferreira do  and  GOMES, Romeu. Male sexual initiation: personal conversations for private forums. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2009, vol.14, n.4, pp.1101-1110. ISSN 1678-4561.

This paper aims to analyze the male sexual initiation, identifying the way low income youth understand it. The theoretical and conceptual references were those in which sexuality reflects wider relations that involve the person itself and society. The methodological plan features a case study under the social sciences perspectives, supported by a hermeneutic and dialectical approach. It involves 19 male youngsters aged 15 to17. During young men’s conversations, it is observed that certain sources of information are valued in preference to others, on the one hand there is a range between to permit and to forbid subjects usually related to sexuality and particularly to sexual initiation. Youngsters associate it with something complicated, pleasure-giving, affective and consider it a learning environment. Study discoveries indicate the investments needed to supply the public health field in order to develop technologies to provide the young men sexual demands, changing them from private forums to sexual initiation to an integral health care to young men.

Keywords : Sexual initiation; Masculinity; Youth.

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