Things You Might Not Know About Boys’ and Men’s Health

Researchers funded by the CIHR - Institute of Gender and Health are addressing key challenges to improve boys’ and men’s health through the lifecycle. Learn more about Team Grant: Advancing Boys' and Men's Health Research (2014-2019).


“Boys don’t cry” can be the hardest lesson to unlearn. Teaching boys to be tough can lead to emotional suppression. Watch this video to learn more.Footnote 1


1 in 20 boys experience sexual abuse.Footnote 2 A new app, JoyPop, will help youth build resilience.Footnote 3


What do frequent cycling, using a cellphone and wearing tight pants have in common? They all negatively affect a man’s fertility!Footnote 4 Learn more.Footnote 5

HIV can be prevented. Taking the HIV preventative medicine, PrEP, allows HIV-negative gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, to have almost no chance of becoming infected with HIV.Footnote 6 Learn more.Footnote 7

30% of a man’s overall health is determined by his genetics. 70% can be controlled through lifestyle choices.Footnote 8


Children of fathers over 50 years old have an increased risk of developing autism and schizophrenia.Footnote 9 Tick tock goes the biological clock!

Getting older

The top 3 reasons why men have a shorter life expectancy than women are suicide, cardiovascular disease and motor vehicle accidents.Footnote 10

Men account for 4/5 deaths by suicide in Canada.Footnote 11 Men are less likely to seek support because of stigma around depression.Footnote 12 Learn more.Footnote 13

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