Published January, 2011

A Public Health Approach to Advancing Sexual Health in the United States: Rationale and Options for Implementation, Final Meeting Report, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC, 2011

In April 2010, the CDC convened 67 experts from the field of sexual health to develop a public health approach to advancing sexual health in the United States. This report provides an overview of the expert meeting, which underscored the importance of establishing a sexual health framework for national implementation. This framework would promote sexual health guidelines that are age-appropriate, LGBT-inclusive, and enable individuals to make decisions around sexual and reproductive health free of coercion. The report reflects much of what CHLP's Teen SENSE Initiative has been developing and advocating for several years.

The meeting was organized into four sessions: (1) history and future directions; (2) sexuality across the lifespan; (3) advancing a sexual health paradigm; and (4) the role of partners. Each of the sessions highlighted the need to prioritize a national sexual health agenda and to ensure widespread access to effective preventive, screening, treatment, and support services that support sexual health. Within each of the sessions, participants identified policy directions and key partners to enlist for a continuing conversation on the advancement of sexual health in the U.S.