Dr. Kaarthig Ganesamoorthy, Director, DTAP Clinic during the opening speech at the Roundtable Discussion of Positive Sexual and Psychosocial Health.

The Federation of Reproductive Health Associations, Malaysia (FRHAM) organised a roundtable discussion in collaboration with DTAP Clinic at KL Wellness City to raise awareness of positive sexual and psychosocial health. The significant forum was initiated by HealthForum360, supported by PT Foundation, and Emjay Communications. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines 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. “The roundtable is part of DTAP Clinic’s efforts to raise concrete understanding of positive sexual health, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), which has regrettably developed into a global burden. The forum hopes to elevate the gravity of sexual diseases, consequences and the essential need to incorporate sexuality health in a structured and comprehensive manner in the education curriculum to avoid STIs and unintended pregnancy”, said Dr Kaarthig. The roundtable brought together associate professor Dr Kamal Kenny, chairman of FRHAM, Dr Kaarthig  Ganesamoorthy, director of DTAP Clinic, Ramesh Vadiveloo, the community health care manager of PT Foundation and Gunaprasath Bupalan, CEO of Emjay Communications to discuss and exchange views on positive sexual health, disease burden, access, support services and the media’s role in sexual wellbeing. The roundtable was moderated by Datin Dr Nor Hafizah Ismail, a senior educationist.

Panellists (From Left) Gunaprasath Bupalan, CEO of Emjay Communications, Ramesh Vadiveloo, Community Health Care Manager of PT Foundation, Dr. Kaarthig Ganesamoorthy, Director of DTAP Clinic and Associate Professor Dr. Kamal Kenny, Chairman of FRHAM discussing the issues of Sexual and Psychosocial Health with moderator Datin Dr. Nor Hafizah Ismail.

“The whole agenda of sexual health must be carefully scrutinized to ensure that in our plight to help no one is left behind in getting health access for all despite their medical diagnosis. “We need a holistic approach which involves various stakeholders in dealing with the issue of sexual health,” said Dr Kamal. Gunaprasath said the mass media, including social networks, are imperative in creating awareness of good sexual health practices. “To reduce sexually transmitted infections, behavioural change is required. That will only be possible through constant education and communication. As such the role of the media cannot be understated. “Collectively, we must remove the stigma associated with sexual and reproductive health. These conversations need to be held in a safe zone that is culturally appropriate and based on the latest scientific facts. This is how we can empower individuals and build a resilient society,” he said. “Thoughtful community-based social support groups are recognised as a key element that contributes to emotional and psychosocial health, including sexual health dilemmas. Strong support groups involve having a network of trusted professionals, friends and family a person in calamity can turn to in times of urgent need. Positive social integration is important to manage depression and loneliness,” said Ramesh.

The discussion brought forth many positive takeaways as well as hurdles that are being faced. DTAP Clinic, FHRAM, PT FOUNDATION and EMJAY COMMUNICATIONS believe that this topic should not end here and the takeaways should be addressed for positive improvement.

More than 1 million STIs are acquired every day. In 2020, WHO estimated 374 million new infections with 1 of 4 STIs: chlamydia (129 million), gonorrhoea (82 million), syphilis (7.1 million) and trichomoniasis (156 million). Please visit #healthforum360 at the below handles for more information, tips, discussion and advice on Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Sexual Health. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100088216045937 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthforum360/ Or visit www.dtapclinic.com.my for a discreet consult.


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