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6: Sexual Health

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  • Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is 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.

    Thumbnail: A male and a female holding hands. Image used with permission (C BY-SA 2.0; April Killingsworth).