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Trite but true: For many years, men were the neglected “other half of the equation” in sexual and reproductive health research and care; they generally were not a priority at all or were prioritized only by virtue of being women’s partners. That began to change in the 1980s, owing to the emergence of HIV and ever-growing concern about teenage pregnancies and births; at last, studies and programs began to give attention to men in their own right. Needless to say, there was lots of catching up to do. Providers who felt ill equipped to serve men had to grapple with what services were necessary and how to draw men to them. Patterns of men’s behavior had to be explored, and so did men’s thinking about sexual and reproductive health—their understanding of the role they play in building and maintaining healthy relationships, and what types of services and resources they want and are willing to use. June is International Men’s Health Month, an annual global effort to call attention to the services and policies needed to address male health issues, so we are spending the month highlighting how Perspectives tracked the evolution of this aspect of sexual and reproductive health research and care. We’re betting you’ll be as impressed as we are by how much things have changed.

Cover illustrations of Margaret Sanger © Matthew and Eve Levine