What Is Sexual Health?
This is defined by the World Health organisation as ‘the integration of physical, emotional, intellectual and social aspects of sexuality in a way that positively enriches and promotes personality, communication and love’.
Sexual health is about having a positive, informed and respectful approach to your sexuality and the sexuality of others, and having a positive, informed and respectful approach to your sexual relationships and those of others.
Sexual health is also about having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, which do not involve violence, discrimination of any kind or make your feel under pressure to do something sexual that you are not comfortable with.
Everybody has the right to freedom of choice and respect in relation to sexuality and sexual relationships., including the right to say No. Your sexual relationships should make you feel respected and safe at all times, and should become a fulfilling part of your life.
In life this might mean:
- That your sexuality is respected regardless of persuasion or preference (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Straight or Transgender). In other words, regardless of your sexuality, you will not experience any prejudice, bias or sexual coercion (pressure to do something sexual that you are not comfortable with).
- That you know about contraception and safer sex, and have access to safer sex information, safer sex protection and contraception.
- That you have enjoyable and fulfilling sexual experiences and sexual relationships.
- That your sexual partners treat you with respect.
- That you don’t feel pressurised into doing anything that you are not comfortable with or not ready for, for example, having sex for the first time or having oral or anal sex.