Sex Health Education: A Cultural Taboo in Pakistan

Kiran Karim Jivani*, Anmol Minaz **
* Department of Gastroenterology and General Surgery, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan.
** Department of Nursing Education Service, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan.
Periodicity:August - October'2019


The meaning of Sex health education is the instructions on the overall aspect of human sexuality, but in Pakistan it has always been considered immoral. A research survey for aged 16-25 years, reported; 25.3% have never been taught about any kind of sexual health education, 32.7% don’t have desired gender professionals to communicate with, and 42% have secondary source of information including internet, parents, and telephone helplines. According to DSM-V, sexual and gender disorders have a marked link with no or low sex health education. Psychoanalytic sexual drive theory by Freud explains that due to lack of awareness or inaccurate exposure about sexual concerns they lead to fixation. At a National level, we must introduce sexual health education as a separate subject in schools. Secondly, citizens and government need to join together to launch sexual health awareness campaigns. Furthermore, at community level, a conducive environment must be provided. In conclusion, Sex health education is viewed as discomforting subject in Pakistani Community and it is our responsibility to equip youth and adults with well informed views and inspiring positive behavioral changes.


Sex Health Education, Taboo, Culture, Sexuality, Rights

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Jivani, K. K., and Minaz, A. (2019). Sex Health Education: A Cultural Taboo in Pakistan.i-manager's Journal on Nursing, 9(3), 38-41.


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