Sexual Health in India

In India there is a negative stigma with birth control and sex education. It has it because the culture is  traditional. They want women to save themselves for marriage and then have big families. Some people believe that if they talk about sex and safe sex it, will lead to premarital sex. They do not want to inform kids and encourage them. Recently the ministry of health in India suggested sex education be banned in India. The government does not support birth control or sex education. That only adds to the negative stigma in India. This can be very detrimental to the youth.

There are some people who are trying to make a difference. Anthropologist Stephen Schensul has been working with stigma in India since 2001 when he received his first grant. With his grant he made up team of about twenty people to be in India. They were counselors, physicians, outreach workers, and others who helped with the data. As a team they worked with locals to reduce sexual risk and provide care and treatment. They were able to establish a women’s health clinic. There they provided care and collected data from the women. It was also created because the health systems before were primarly for families and expected mothers. They paid little attention to women who were not pregnant and did not treat gynecological or other related health problems. The clinic was able to provide the new care. In countries that are considered to be developing like India, there is pretty much non-existent mental healthcare. These clinics provided counseling’s. This was very rare to find in India. The women who chose this support or treatment found it to be very helpful. Overall the work that Schensul did created a better community. It shifted ideas of health and gender to be more accepting.

“REDUCING SEXUAL RISK IN INDIA.” 2012.US Fed News Service, Including US State News, Aug 01.

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