Sexual Pleasure in the time of COVID-19 | World Sexual Health Day

MEDIA RELEASE | Monday 7 September 2020

Throughout September, Family Planning Victoria embraces the World Association for Sexual Health’s theme “Sexual Pleasure in the time of COVID-19”.

The global pandemic has brought enormous challenges for reproductive and sexual healthcare and education. We must continue to advocate for reproductive and sexual healthcare as essential and we must also continue to highlight pleasure as a fundamental part of health and wellbeing.

According to the World Association for Sexual Health, the theme should work to “highlight the possibilities of accessing a pleasurable sexual life, free of coercion, motivating people to pursue positive outcomes from sexual activity, exploring their bodies and their relationships”.

It’s a topic of great importance to Family Planning Victoria, following the launch of the organisation’s Pleasure Agenda campaign in 2018, which advocated for the inclusion of pleasure in school-based sexuality and relationships education.

Taking a lead from this year’s World Sexual Health Day theme, Family Planning Victoria will use this month to share resources and discuss how we can all ‘Prioritise Pleasure’ in sexuality education, sexual healthcare, advocacy and in our everyday lives.

Family Planning Victoria CEO Claire Vissenga said now more than ever, it was important that sexual health and pleasure were not swept aside as frivolous or unimportant.

“We know from the evidence that incorporating pleasure into sexuality education and sexual health programs increases sexual health knowledge, communication skills and safer sex practices,” Ms Vissenga said.

“We want people to be empowered to look after their sexual health and wellbeing, including understanding their right to enjoy sex that is consensual and free from coercion and this is especially relevant during the pandemic.”

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