Sexuality…Just K.I.S.S. (Keep It Safe & Sexy)
Your sexual health is important and needs regular maintenance to ensure it remains in good working order. Unfortunately, sex isn’t something that is often openly discussed and talked about. Taking care of your sexual health means that you have a physically and emotionally, enjoyable and satisfying sexual life.
Things that can impact your sexual health include:
- Your desires and feelings
- Your religious and spiritual beliefs
- Society expectations
- Relationships with family and friends
- The methods of contraception that are available and that you choose to use, if any.
- Your thoughts and feelings about sex
- Various health conditions
Having good sexual health means you have the knowledge and skills necessary to make good choices and act responsibly to protect yourself and others. There are various aspects of sexual health, including:
- Sexual Development and Function
- Sexual Behavior
- Body Image and Self Esteem
- Gender Roles and Identity
- Sexual Rights
- Healthy Relationships and Communication
- Sexual Identity
- Reproductive Health
- HIV and STI prevention.
(Adapted from www.smartersex.org, The BACCHUS Network)
BACCHUS Peer Education Network
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Go Ask Alice!
American Social Health Association