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Volume 13, Issue 4 (July 2011) 13, 534–536; 10.1038/aja.2010.122

Thai men's health and sexual attitude

Apichat Kongkanand1, Sompol Permpongkosol2 and Kavirach Tantiwongse3

1 Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
3 Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Correspondence: Dr A Kongkanand, (dr_apichat@yahoo.com)


Men's health awareness, including the research and study of quality of life, sexual desires and risk factors, has increased worldwide. In Thailand, this advancement is made possible by cooperation, research and sponsorship from the local Thai community. This article aims to illustrate the sexual attitudes of Thai people, to determine the degree of erectile dysfunction (ED) and to investigate how to manage and cope with ED in a Thai community. We reviewed the relevant literature from Thai-based articles and surveys in regard to men's health, sexual attitudes, the prevalence of ED and common risk factors in the Thai community. The primary risk factor for ED in Thai men was age-related health decline and the presence of vascular disease. Most Thai men will seek consultation from their partner in regard to ED. The main presentation of metabolic disease in Thai patients was dyslipidemia. New selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are not available for premature ejaculation in Thai communities. The debate in regard to malpractice compensation is an issue that should be closely monitored. There is currently a shortage of home care for the elderly in Thailand. The insights provided by the articles helped recruit the study patients and in turn, helped us gain knowledge that can be translated into improved men's health care in Thailand.

Keywords: erectile dysfunction; sexual attitudes; Thai men's health

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