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Sexual health counselling: creating a new ICD Category (Zcode)

Sexual health counselling: creating a new ICD Category (Zcode)

The concept of sexual health appeared on the international arena more than 30 years ago carried by the work of non-governmental organizations such as WAS. An intense work of dissemination allowed the propagation of sexual health in International organizations such as WHO or Unesco and the European Community. The chapter on “Factors Infiuencing Health Status and Contact with Health Services” is the place in the ICD for issues that may be appropriate foci of treatment but are not disorders or diseases (equivalent to V codes in DSM-IV).

In the ICD-10, some sexual health categories are found in the chapter on Mental and Behavioral Disorders, while others are classified in other disease chapters (e.g., of the endocrine or genitourinary system), or in relation to pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium, sexual and family violence, and other areas. The creation of a new set of categories related to sexual health counseling will be useful in integrating these areas in clinical practice, but also when the main problem is lack of sexual education and knowledge. This will increase access to health care for problems and difficulties that are not mental disorders, which may cause distress, and which, if not appropriately attended, can evolve into more consequential disorders.

Speakers: Alain J Giami
Areas of Interest / Categories: WAS 2013

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