Spreading Social Awareness On Sexual Health
Updated: 3 Sept 2018
Dr. Sharmila Majumdar, Chief Sexologist and Director at Avis Hospital, Hyderabad
In 2010, the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) called all their organisations to celebrate, on each September 4th, World Sexual Health Day in an effort to promote a greater social awareness on sexual health across the globe. Annually observed on September 4 since 2010, World Sexual Health Day is an awareness day managed by the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS), a global advocacy organization committed to promoting best practices in sexual health.
It is celebrated annually on September 4th and attempts to break down social and cultural taboos associated with sexuality and to promote positive sexual health around the world.
Each September 4th, in an effort to promote a greater social awareness on sexual health across the globe. The first World Sexual Health Day was celebrated with the slogan:
Let's talk about it! World Sexual Health Day is an awareness day managed by the World Association for Sexual Health, a global advocacy organization committed to promoting best practices in sexual health.
Dr. Sharmila Majumdar, a senior sexologist and psychoanalyst by profession run a sexual and mental health Clinic at Avis hospital, Hyderabad where she is the chief sexologist and director. She earnestly want to see our county break the shackles of ignorance and get educated in the field of sexual health. She strongly advocates defending safe Sex when we are living in an era of sexually transmitted infections, poor or no knowledge about the medical aspects of sexual health, this will promote good family relationships, bringing down divorce rates, infections, infertility and make our young citizens aware and conscious about their sexual health.
What young people need are
1. Program that teach skills like condom use and talking about HIV with a partner.
2. Comprehensive sex education.
3. Youth friendly services
4. Community health efforts that include young people
5. Young LGBT to be honoured and valued for who thy are.
6. Finally a voice in decision that affects them to have a healthy sexual life.
Indian data on sexual healthAmong Indians who have sex, more than 90% had their first sexual intercourse before reaching the age of 30, according to data from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS), a large-scale nationally representative survey conducted in 2015-16.
Men are mostly likely to have had their first sexual intercourse at the age of 20-24, the data shows. For women, the peak age at first sex is lower at 15-19.
Average age at first sex for Indian women lower than that for men
The difference between the genders is primarily on account of the difference in the ages at which they tend to get married. Most sexual encounters in India tend to be of the conjugal kind, the data suggests. Thus, women tend to have sex at an earlier age because they get married at a younger age.
Education delays sexThe data suggests that pre-marital sex is still a taboo across large swathes of the country. Only about 11% of single men and 2% of single women in the 15-24 age-group reported having had sex. The proportion of single men (15-24 age-group) reporting pre-marital sex was relatively higher in Chhattisgarh (21.1%), punjab(21%), Madhya Pradesh (20.7%) among the major states. The NFHS data on sexual relations is based on a sample of more than 100,000 men and women each.
The data shows that north Indians report a more active sex life compared to those in the South. More than 55% of both men and women respondents in states such as Haryana, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal reported having sex in the four weeks prior to being surveyed. Other states where a majority of people reported an active sex life are Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
North Indians reported a more active sex life compared to those in the South.