Sexual Health: A Useful Public Health Paradigm or a Moral Imperative?

  title={Sexual Health: A Useful Public Health Paradigm or a Moral Imperative?},
  author={Theodorus G. M. Sandfort and Anke Ehrhardt},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
The past decade has shown an increasing use of the concept of sexual health. This upsurge is especially noticeable not only in the field of health education and promotion but also in academic sources. The concept is typically used self-evidently and with widely diverse connotations. The definition and understanding of sexual health are still evolving and pose various critical questions. For instance, the term sexual health may imply various risks, including a one-sided health perspective on… 

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