What is sexual wellbeing and why does it matter for public health?

  title={What is sexual wellbeing and why does it matter for public health?},
  author={Kirstin Rebecca Mitchell and Ruth Lewis and Lucia F. O’Sullivan and J. Dennis Fortenberry},
  journal={The Lancet. Public health},

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