Introduction: Harm reduction refers to a wide variety of policies, programs and practices aiming to diminish negative health and social impact of risky behaviors. It assumes the free self-determination of people in many risky behaviors, and it is grounded in human rights. Methods: A critical review was conducted on the main scientific database on the application of Harm reduction policies on sexual health in the last 10 years. Results: Finding its roots in drug users support services and practices, the main focus of harm reduction is on positive change and on working with people to reach a higher level of health without judgement, coercion, discrimination, and recognizing that quitting the risky behavior may be an unreachable and undesired solution for many people. HIV and STIs, unwanted pregnancies, and sexualized drug use are only some examples in which harm reduction strategies may be efficiently applied to Psycho-Sexology practice. The present contribution will highlight some effective strategies that are cost-effective, evidence-based and have a positive impact on individual and community health. In addition, the psychological aspects that limit the application of these practices by clinicians and the community will be discussed. Conclusion: Harm reduction is being widely recognized as a major tool to be combined with the well-known prevention practices to minimize harm and reach a safer, healthier, and more satisfying sexual life.

NIMBI F.M. (2021). Harm reduction in psycho-sexology. Mediterranean Journal of Clinical Psychology 9(S2):116-118. https://doi.org/10.13129/2282-1619/mjcp-3223 / Nimbi, Filippo Maria. - In: MEDITERRANEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 2282-1619. - (2021). ((Intervento presentato al convegno XXII NATIONAL CONGRESS ITALIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION CLINICAL AND DYNAMIC SECTION tenutosi a Lecce.

NIMBI F.M. (2021). Harm reduction in psycho-sexology. Mediterranean Journal of Clinical Psychology 9(S2):116-118. https://doi.org/10.13129/2282-1619/mjcp-3223

Filippo Maria Nimbi
2021

Abstract

Introduction: Harm reduction refers to a wide variety of policies, programs and practices aiming to diminish negative health and social impact of risky behaviors. It assumes the free self-determination of people in many risky behaviors, and it is grounded in human rights. Methods: A critical review was conducted on the main scientific database on the application of Harm reduction policies on sexual health in the last 10 years. Results: Finding its roots in drug users support services and practices, the main focus of harm reduction is on positive change and on working with people to reach a higher level of health without judgement, coercion, discrimination, and recognizing that quitting the risky behavior may be an unreachable and undesired solution for many people. HIV and STIs, unwanted pregnancies, and sexualized drug use are only some examples in which harm reduction strategies may be efficiently applied to Psycho-Sexology practice. The present contribution will highlight some effective strategies that are cost-effective, evidence-based and have a positive impact on individual and community health. In addition, the psychological aspects that limit the application of these practices by clinicians and the community will be discussed. Conclusion: Harm reduction is being widely recognized as a major tool to be combined with the well-known prevention practices to minimize harm and reach a safer, healthier, and more satisfying sexual life.
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