Sexual and reproductive health

Sexual health

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WHO/Petitpierre J. - Evans S. - UNFPA - UNICEF/Pirozzi

Sexual health is influenced by a complex web of biological and social factors. It requires a positive, responsible approach to sexuality and sexual relationships as well as pleasurable, safe sexual experiences that are free from coercion, discrimination or violence.

WHO and HRP celebrate World Sexual Health Day

4 September 2017: Sexual health is fundamental to all people’s health and happiness. When we can enjoy good sexual health, it has a positive impact on many aspects of our lives including our reproductive health and well-being. This in turn has a positive impact on our societies and countries. On the occasion of World Sexual Health Day, WHO and HRP are launching a new WHO framework for operationalizing sexual health and its linkages to reproductive health. This new model highlights the many areas where people’s sexual health must be safeguarded throughout the course of their lives – as well as the way in which sexual health and reproductive health are at once distinct and inextricably linked.

Using human rights for sexual and reproductive health: improving legal and regulatory frameworks

This paper describes the development of a tool that uses human rights concepts and methods to improve relevant laws, regulations and policies related to sexual and reproductive health.