Sexual Health

Sexual Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes Sexual Health (SH) as ‘a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being related to sexuality: not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.’ Sexual health includes issues surrounding healthy sexual development, equitable and responsible relationships and sexual fulfillment, freedom from illness, disease, violence and other harmful practices related to sexuality.  This includes access to the full range of contraceptives and health care.

All young people worldwide should be able to explore, experience and express their sexualities in healthy, pleasurable and safe ways.