The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) has launched this day in 2010.
Information at http://www.worldsexology.org/
In a WHO meeting in 1975, Sexual Health was defined as “integrating somatic, emotional, intellectual and social aspects of sexual being in a way that positively enriches and strengthens personality, communication, and love. Fundamental to this concept is the right to sexual information and the right to desire. “According to the European WHO strategy, sexual health should include positive access to sexuality. The aim of sexual health care should therefore not be limited to counseling and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.
In 2012, DSTIG published a position paper on the understanding and definition of sexual health.
Sexual health essentially comprises three sub-areas:
- An environment that allows people to fully enjoy their sexuality as the potential of themselves;
- Freedom from sexual coercion, abuse, and sexual violence;
- Protection against health problems associated with the sex life and appropriate treatment thereof.
Moreover, the field of sexual and reproductive health is characterized by a constantly changing understanding of sexuality. In the “working definitions” contained therein, sexual health is seen as part of reproductive health, encompassing all possibilities of a satisfying, protected sexual life and self-determined family planning.
To achieve this high level of sexual health, you have to know your body and your wishes well, and above all, know what you want to do and what you do not want.
It also includes knowing the various aspects of sexuality, as well as the different sexual practices and risks that accompany them and thus dealing with their wishes and personal boundaries.
In particular, sexuality carries the risk of infection with certain infections that one should know in order to protect oneself or limit the consequences for oneself and one’s partners.
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