The Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights including HIV and AIDS of IFMSA-Québec regroups Québec medical students that are interested in promoting sexual health among concerned populations as well as future healthcare professionals. The committee work in the areas of HIV, maternal and reproductive health, female genital mutilation, as well as sexual and gender diversity.
The committee works on recognizing the importance of sexual health and to transmit relevant information to a varied audience. The means used are very diverse: throughout the year, the committee organizes projects about sexual education in high schools across Québec, awareness campaigns, as well as conferences with sexual health experts and healthcare professionals for medical students. The committee acts on local, national and international levels in order to achieve maximum exposure.
What is sexual health?
Sexual health has a very large scope of influence and action. Among the multiple subjects explored, we can include HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), maternal health, homophobia, women’s rights and more. All aspects of these issues are explored in our work, as we do not limit ourselves on the medical side alone. We also focus on the emotional, social, and mental facets. Sexual health can sometimes be underestimated or ignored, but we firmly believe that an informed and conscious society is essential for sexual and reproductive health.