WHO-WAS Session on the ICD-11 Chapter on Sexual Health
International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) Development and Operationalization of the Chapter on Conditions Related to Sexual Health
Lianne Gonsalves, World Health Organization
Eli Coleman, Past President, World Association for Sexual Health
The eleventh revision of the ICD (ICD-11) was accepted by WHO’s World Health Assembly (WHA) on 25 May 2019 and will come into effect on 1 January 2022. The ICD is the foundation for identifying health trends and statistics worldwide, and contains around 55 000 unique codes for injuries, diseases and causes of death. It provides a common language that allows health professionals to share health information across the globe. The ICD is also used by health insurers whose reimbursements depend on ICD coding; national health programme managers; data collection specialists; and others who track progress in global health and determine the allocation of health resources. A new chapter on sexual health brings together conditions that were previously categorized in other ways (e.g. gender incongruence was listed under mental health conditions) or described differently.
This session will introduce participants to the development and contents of the new chapter on Conditions Related to Sexual Health. We will discuss how WAS and other member organizations contributed to the new chapter. The implications for sexual health practitioners will be discussed. And finally, there will be a discussion of how this chapter and its classifications compare or contrast with the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).