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Sexuality and Aging Consortium Goes to Washington

On Oct. 16, 2012, SIECUS (The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States) held its 10th annual “back to school” briefing for members of the U.S. Congress, both the Senate and the House of Representatives.  This year, the briefing focused on “Sexual Health Across the Lifespan.” Dr. Karen Hicks represented the Consortium on the panel which is convened every year to update Congress on the politics and developments in the area of comprehensive sexuality education.

The panel was moderated by Monica Rodriguez, president and CEO of Siecus.  Other panelists included Dr. Janet Hyde who spoke on sex research and sexuality education across the lifespan, Dr. Hicks and Jesseca Boyer, the director of public policy for SIECUS.  Attendees heard about the developmental needs of young people, families and adult in navigating their sexual health.

The speakers discussed federal initiatives that have an direct impact on sexual health and the d need for comprehensive sexuality education for people of all ages.

Hicks reviewed the 1999 document “Sexual Rights Are Fundamental and Universal Human Rights”adopted by the World Assocation of Sexology.   She also discussed the impact that age, illness, disability, medicines and surgeries can have on sexual function, as well as the rise of STIs in the 55 + population and the challenges of long-term care facilities to address the needs and rights of residents.

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