Sexual pleasure is a central element of human sexuality; in its recently renovated Declaration of Sexual Rights, the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) recognizes that “everyone has the right to the highest attainable level of health and well-being in relation to sexuality, including the possibility of pleasurable, satisfying and safe sexual experiences”.
Although sexual pleasure is key for sexual health, it continues to be one of the most neglected topics in sexuality education programs aiming to prevent the spread of HIV and other STIs, as well as unplanned pregnancies, among adolescents. Very few public health programs and very few organizations dare to engage young people in open discussions about pleasure. In this presentation, testimonies of young activists from around the globe will be presented in regard to how pleasure is or is not included in sex education strategies for young people. Within these testimonies, a special emphasis will be made on ways in which young peer educators and activists deal with the topic of sexual pleasure nowadays.
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