Too often sexual health in seen in negative terms particularly for young people. It focuses on unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) and the effects of coercive or abusive relationships. Sexual health is about enjoying sexual activity without yourself or anybody else suffering emotional or physical harm. It is about practising safe sex which means using contraception to prevent unintended pregnancy and using condoms to help protect against STI’s - this is known as 'Double Dutch'.
Positive sexual health is an important part of our overall health and well being. It means making an informed, healthy free choice about your sexual activity. Sex should be fun, exciting and loving...LOVED UP!
- Don’t let anyone pressure you into having sex.
- Many young people regret their first sexual experience.
- Young people are describing sexual activity they are not happy with.
- If you do not feel you are ready for sex just say no.
- Remember sexual activity is not only about physical contact but it involves your emotions. This can mess your head up.
Remember - you have choices but if you are having sex then play safe and use a condom. Unsafe sex can lead to unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s).