- 30,000 doctors across the country have been given sexual education over the span of one year. This was through a one-year course specially designed to deal with matters on sexual health.
- The Indian Medical Association (IMA) had started this initiative with an aim to create awareness about sexual health and hygiene
- The doctors have been trained so that they can spread a word about the importance of sexual health and hygiene.
Sexual health is a topic which is considered as taboo and it is not widely spoken about in social settings. Even if a person is suffering from a sexually transmitted disease they cannot easily open up about this topic from the fear of being judged.
People don’t confide in friends and family about it as they consider it a social stigma.
Even married couple feel shy when they come to the doctor to seek advice on sexual related issues. Hence to create awareness among the people about sexual health and hygiene Indian Medical Association had launched this drive in June 2018.
During one year around 30,000 doctors across the country have been given sexual education
Through this campaign, the general physicians are being trained to identify and treat the disease.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, sexual health physician and counsellor Dr Deepak Jumani, said, “Sex is still considered as a taboo and stigma in our culture. People don’t come forward to talk about their sexual health and hygiene. It is very important to get rid of the threat and taboo about sex from the minds of people. So, this campaign was designed in such a way that awareness is created among the doctors to treat the patients.”
He added, “Till date, we have trained thirty thousand (30,000), doctors across the country. The main aim of the campaign is to remove the taboo from the minds of the people. If the doctors are trained properly, then they can convince the patients better.”
Dr Jumani further said, “Not only the patients, but the doctors also feel shy while asking a question about sexual health and hygiene to the patient. So by educating the doctors, we can better reach the patients.”