Letters

A definition of sexual health

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6992.1468c (Published 03 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1468
  1. Peter Greenhouse
  1. Consultant in sexual health Department of Sexual Health, Ipswich Hospital, Ipswich IP4 5PD

    EDITOR,—No seminar or conference on the subject of sexual health seems complete without a presentation or debate rhetorically titled “What is sexual health?” Those who have discovered the subject since the launch of Health of the Nation face a daunting choice of definitions. Most definitions, coming from a political1 or health promotion2 background, extol in lengthy prose the positive personal benefits of sexual relationships for self esteem and fulfilment, apparently ignoring the medical perspective; the medical perspective appears as a more or less comprehensive list of serious health problems associated with sexual …

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