United States

Public Perception in UNITED STATES

More than 2,000 American adults took part in the survey that was conducted online by Harris Poll. Results are weighted to be nationally representative of age, gender, race/ethnicity, region, education and income.


Key findings

American men believe that they are in good health

88% of American men believe they are in good health.


A desire to take control

90% of men want to take charge of their health.

89% of me are confident in managing their own health.

87% of American men are confident in identifying problems when they arise AND 86% are confident they know which healthcare professional they should turn to when something is wrong.

American men 65 YEARS and over in United States are the most confident in managing their health (97%) and in identifying health problems (95%), compared to those 18-34 YEARS who are the least confident (84% and 83% respectively).

American men are above the survey average in wanting to improve key areas of their health:

Fitness Energy Diet Stress
United States 85% 83% 84% 76%
Average 83% 78% 73% 65%


The disparity between beliefs and actions

As for other countries surveyed, the survey shows that while American men are confident and trust healthcare providers, they are not taking advantage of sources of information and advice that they trust.

Whereas 27% of men cite seeing their doctor as their most likely response when feeling unwell or discovering a non-life threatening medical problem, 82% believe that there are medical conditions for which obtaining the appropriate medication should not require a visit to the doctor.

Whereas 5% of men are most likely to turn to a pharmacist when feeling unwell or discovering a non-life threatening medical problem, 83% of men believe that less serious and chronic conditions can be dealt with by a pharmacist rather than the doctor.*

Whereas 19% of men say they’re most likely to look up symptoms and possible treatments online when feeling unwell or discovering a non-life threatening medical problem, 71% of men agree there is plentiful information online to help them choose the right medication.

* 65% of American men feel comfortable using OTC for headaches or migraines, 52% for allergies, and 51% for nausea.


The opportunity for self-care

American men are more confident managing their health (89%) than they are managing their level of work stress (68%) or career decisions (71%).

When men in United States feel unwell or discover a non-life threatening medical problem, they are likely to:

Turn to a doctor Look up my symptoms and possible treatments online Ask a friend or family member for advice
27% 19% 10%

84% of American men said that buying over the counter medication saved them time, as they did not have to make a doctor’s appointment AND 86% found it much more convenient than having to see a doctor.

Bad habits and sexual well-being are important areas for improvement

30% of American men consider sexual health to be one of the most important parts of their overall health and well-being.

29% of American men are dissatisfied with the services and access available for sensitive topics like sexual health in their current health systems.

While a huge majority of American men take action when facing problems like sexually transmitted diseases (99%) or irritation and infections (93%), far fewer men take action when it comes to conditions like loss of libido (59%) and erectile dysfunction (53%).


Both American men (74%) and women (56%) believe that having a healthy sexual relationship is critical to their happiness.