Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day is held annually on February 12. This day is an opportunity to raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health issues and to educate to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections. Sexually transmitted infections continue to be one of the major public health concerns. Health awareness events create publicity for health issues and aims to improve the condition and help save lives, sometimes these events encourage preventative action against conditions becoming more serious.
Sexual health is a broad area that encompasses many inter-related challenges and problems. Key issues and concerns are human rights related to sexual health, sexual pleasure, eroticism and sexual satisfaction, diseases (HIV/AIDS, STIs, RTIs), violence, female genital mutilation, sexual dysfunction and mental health related to sexual health.
The National Population Stabilisation Fund (Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh) has started a helpline to provide confidential counseling services and immediate answers to queries on sexual and reproductive health problems. For authentic telephonic information on Reproductive Health, Family Planning and Infant Health, Call 1800-11-6555. This helpline operates daily from 9am to 11pm. A team of health executives and doctors answer questions about sexual health concerns, sexually transmitted infections, contraception, pregnancy, infertility, abortions, menopause and puberty and can explain the functioning of the reproductive systems of males and females.
The helpline will also work towards removing popular misconceptions about sex, important in a country such as India where the subject is still socially taboo. When experimented with in schools, confidential information services have been shown to be in high demand. They can help in providing objective advice from a respected source rather than peers, the Internet and word of mouth, increase public knowledge of their rights and trust in public facilities, and can reduce the bridge between users and services.