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May 08, 2019

Young people as actors in sexual health

Young people as actors in sexual health

Bern, 8 May 2019. Sexual health matters in youth! Young people’s health has started to attract the attention it deserves, and is increasingly prominent in global health initiatives. Yet, young people are often neglected when it comes to programming and policy development. The world has more young people than ever before with an estimated 1.2 billion adolescents aged 10 to 19 globally, 89% of whom live in less developed regions.

Sexual health encompasses sexual development and reproductive health, as well as the ability to develop and maintain meaningful interpersonal relationships; appreciate one's own body; interact with both genders in respectful and appropriate ways; express affection, love and intimacy in ways consistent with one's own values.

A conference organized by Medicus Mundi Switzerland will explore how young people want to improve sexual health and what we “the adults” can learn from them. The conference aims to give young people the space to talk about sex and relationships in their way. What is needed to lift the taboo of sexuality, HIV and relationships and how to overcome the consequences of missed opportunities of comprehensive sexuality education?

Target audience of this conference: national and international public health professionals, project leaders, researchers and all those who are interested.

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