SEXUAL HEALTH PROMOTION
Welcome to the Sexual Health Promotion page of the National STD/AIDS Control Programme (NSACP) of Sri Lanka. This page provides you with information, resources, and guidance on how to maintain and promote your sexual health.
Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships and the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences free of coercion, discrimination, and violence.
There is a broad range of sexual health-related issues, such as sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual expression, relationships, and pleasure. They also include negative consequences or conditions, such as:
- HIV, STDs and reproductive tract infections
- Hepatitis A, B, and C virus infections
- Unintended pregnancies and abortions
- Sexual dysfunction
- Sexual violence
- Female genital mutilation
To promote sexual health, it is essential to have access to accurate information and resources. We offer educational resources, such as videos, brochures, and posters, which are available for download and use in health promotion activities.
In addition, the National STD/AIDS Control Programme provides training for healthcare providers and community-based organizations to increase awareness of sexual and reproductive health and improve access to sexual health services.
We believe that everyone has the right to sexual health and access to sexual health services without stigma or discrimination. Visit us to preserve your sexual health rights and for free access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services available in Sri Lanka, while safeguarding your privacy and confidentiality.
Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
During the clinical assessments at sexual health clinics, we identify females who currently experience intimate partner violence (IPV) and domestic violence. Those females will be provided with extensive counselling apart from empowerment with knowledge (on sexual and reproductive health, human rights, HIV and STI symptoms, modes of transmission/ and prevention, facilities available in the government and private sector, and contraceptive methods), skills, and confidence to tackle them.
Depending on the extent of the physical and mental insult, females will be referred to relevant specialties such as psychiatry, gynaecology, surgery, etc. for further management. Hence, healthcare workers at NSACP will be a part of the multidisciplinary team that manages and cares for GBV victims.
Furthermore, the victims will be referred to legal and social services whenever necessary.
Sexual health clinics are conducted every Monday (except for public holidays) at NSACP by qualified doctors. There, people will be educated on various aspects of sexual and reproductive health.
There are various causes leading to sexual dysfunction among males and females. They will be assessed according to their history as well as by clinical examination, and necessary investigations will be arranged accordingly.