Improvement of Sexual Health in young people

Gisela Lange

The overall objective is to develop a targeted EU policy approach to promote sexual health for young people. This broad strategy includes a focus on the promotion of safer sex. A comprehensive strategy focusing on young people will shape the positive health aspects of a full sexual life and have a tangible impact on the general health status of future generations.

It will help to decrease sexually transmitted infections and other measurable negative effects such as unwanted teenager pregnancies, sexual violence, gender inequalities and can help young women and men to live healthy and fulfilled partnerships based on understanding and respect. A major role of cooperation will be to multiply strong and clear positive messages, to promote activities and the development and exchange of good practices throughout Europe, while respecting the large social and cultural diversity and promoting social integration on all levels. The joint development of standardised surveillance for sexually transmitted infections (STI) and strengthened research on young people's sexual behaviour will allow a progressive adaptation of informed sexual health policies.

Conflict of Interest: None disclosed
Financial Support/Funding: None disclosed
Recorded at 19th WAS World Congress for Sexual Health - Sexual Health & Rights: A Global Challenge Göteborg (Sweden) - June 21 – 25, 2009

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Gisela Lange

Senior administrator, European Commission Equal Opportunities Unit, responsible for equal treatment of women and men in the framework of the enlargement of the Union, public procurement, affirmative action for women, women in positions of management. Formerly representative of the German law firm Pünder, Volhard, Weber & Axster, Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Communities in Brussels, Federal Ministry of Labour, Assistant to the Legal Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag.

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