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ICD-11 Includes New Chapter on Conditions Related to Sexual Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the official publication of a new version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) which includes a new chapter on Conditions Related to Sexual Health, bringing together conditions that were previously categorized in other ways and mostly under mental disorders.

ICD-11 marks the culmination of a ten-year process which benefited from many contributions by and comments from professional societies and patient advocacy organizations, including ISSWSH.

Changes in the ICD-11 embody a more integrated approach to sexual health. This reorganization reflects the WHO’s definition of sexual health as “a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity”

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