Happy Sexual Health Awareness Month!
We are celebrating sexual health awareness during the month of September. It’s important to continue the conversation about your sexual health and you. Consider what sexual health means to your well-being and those around you. Educating yourself on your body is essential. According to the CDC, the World Health Organization defines sexual health as 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 respecful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.
Spreading awareness also means educating yourself and others on safe sex practices and ideas. Educate your partners on sexual health. Create a safe space for discussion on what makes each other comfortable and uncomfortable. No matter what your sexual orientation is, this conversation between partners is vital. Howard Brown Health suggests to ask yourself these questions to better learn and understand what safer sex looks like:
What does safer sex look like for diverse bodies?
How can we make sure we are safe and taking care of ourselves?
What are your needs and what are your desires?
It’s recommended to get regular STD/STI screenings, annual pap smears, and chest/breast screenings. Sexual and reproductive health services are available through primary care or local walk-in clinics. Taking advantage of these services will continue to promote the importance of sexual health awareness.
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