Sexual health refers to a multifaceted state of well-being that incorporates physical, emotional, mental, and social aspects in relation to one's sexuality. It extends beyond the mere absence of diseases or dysfunctions and encompasses a proactive and wholesome approach to one's sexual self and relationships.
Principles of Sexual Health
Sexual health promotes a positive, affirming, and respectful perspective on sexuality and all types of sexual relationships. It advocates for experiences that are consensual, enjoyable, and safe, actively discouraging any form of coercion, discrimination, and violence.
For optimal sexual health, it is paramount that the sexual rights of every individual, regardless of age, gender, or background, are acknowledged, safeguarded, and promoted. This encompasses the right to accurate information, safe practices, consensual relationships, and freedom from discrimination and violence.
Attaining and sustaining sexual health is essential for overall well-being and quality of life. It fosters self-respect, positive relationships, and an enriched understanding of one's own body and desires.
- World Health Organization. Defining sexual health: Report of a technical consultation on sexual health. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2006.
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