The World Health Organization’s working definition of sexual health is:
“…a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.”
Sexuality is about much more than just sex. It includes:
There are several ways to prevent pregnancy; the important thing is to pick a method that fits your life.
Planned Parenthoods website allows you to compare birth control methods:
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs):
STDs and STIs can be caused by bacteria or viruses and are typically acquired through sexual contact.
Planned Parenthoods website provides definitions of common and uncommon STDs and STIs:
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity:
Sexual orientation and gender identity are important and complex parts of who we are as human beings. The Human Rights Campaign provides definitions and further explanation: