The Importance of Sexual Health
Sexual health is important to the overall health and well-being of individuals, couples and families through a positive, respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships. Having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence can support individuals overall health and wellbeing.
Having a brief healthy conversation about sexual health
Use open discovery questions to make the most of conversations by recognising an opportunity to discuss health and wellbeing. This could be 'How are you?' or 'How are you finding everything at the moment?'
Acknowledge the response by using healthy conversation skills such as active listening, reflecting or showing empathy. This will allow for a joint understanding of the support a person needs
Take appropriate action to either give information, signpost to a local service or refer them yourself. Remember that the solution must be person centered and they must want to change
Support is available to help you with everything from healthy relationships to preventing disease and finding the correct contraception for you
Here are some useful resources to support a healthy sexual health