Good sexual health is important for everyone's general health and wellbeing.
Sexual health is not only about physical wellbeing. It includes the right to healthy and respectful relationships, health services that are inclusive, safe and appropriate, access to accurate information, and freedom from coercion, violence, stigma and discrimination. Sex is a normal, natural part of life, and nothing to be embarrassed about. Talking openly with your sexual partners and your doctor can help you take charge of your sexual health.
Safer sex practices are important for the sexual health of sexually active people of all ages. Condoms and lube can prevent most sexually transmissible infections (STIs), including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, HIV, and some types of hepatitis. Vaccinations can prevent some forms of hepatitis, while medications are available that prevent HIV.
However, as condoms do not protect against all STIs, regular testing for all sexually transmissible infections can help protect your health by finding and treating infections sooner.