By Rachel Lin / Journalist
Evidence-based sexual health education is crucial to dispelling misinformation, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳 時 中) said yesterday.
“Young people in Taiwan can access all kinds of information on the Internet. It is important to provide them with correct information about sexuality and health, especially since the internet is rife with disinformation, ”Chen said in a keynote speech at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Taiwan Education Association. sex in Taipei.
When Taiwan was a conservative and closed society, “sex education was a taboo,” he said, adding that it affected health and sexuality chapters in textbooks.
However, he said that “society has opened up. Sexual health education is now very important and should be included in public education for all. “
Chen said attitudes of the past also make some Taiwanese unable to speak of love.
However, he said public education can help people “to express their love in an open way, which would be good for society as a whole.”
Chen urged the association and sexual health experts to write educational materials, including videos, which could be posted online.
These documents should address sexual abuse and empower victims to report incidents that could lead to prosecution, he said.
National Taiwan Normal University Vice President Sung Yao-ting (宋 曜 廷) said teenage pregnancy is a global social problem.
“Taiwan also has to deal with it, so having correct information is essential,” Sung said.
“We need to make expert consultations in sexual health available, which would improve the quality of people’s lives,” he added.
Catholic University President Fu Jen, Vincent Chiang (江漢 聲), a doctor, said many patients at his clinic report having erectile dysfunction.
“Although the function of the human sexual organs gradually decreases with age, maintaining an active love life is often more effective than taking pills or hormonal supplements,” he said.
Additional reporting by Jason Pan
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