Sexual and reproductive health

Defining sexual health

Report of a technical consultation on sexual health, 28–31 January 2002, Geneva

World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

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Publication details

Number of pages: 30 pages
Publication date: 2006
Languages: English - Web only


In response to the changing environment, WHO, in collaboration with the World Association for Sexology (WAS), began a collaborative process1 to reflect on the state of sexual health globally and define the areas where WHO and its partners could provide guidance to national health managers, policy-makers and care providers on how better to address sexual health. As in 1975, the process began with a review of key terminology and of the evidence, and culminated in the convening of a large group of experts from around the world to discuss the state of sexual health globally.