Sexual Health for all ages
The World Health Organization defines sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being concerning sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction, or infirmity. This requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships and the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences free from coercion, discrimination, and violence.
As a subject, this is key to the general well-being of an individual, partners, and families. As much as it focuses on persons, it is equally crucial to communities’ and countries’ social and economic development and sustainability. The possibility of having a positive and appreciative approach to one’s sexuality, relationships, and sexual experiences depends on the knowledge of sexual health.
For one to have a well-rounded knowledge of sexual health, one should:
- Be exposed to information on sex and sexuality
- Know the consequences or effects of unprotected and unsafe sexual activities
- Have reliable access to sexual health care
- Be aware of one’s surroundings
Be exposed to information on sex and sexuality.
Exposure to sex on an individual should begin in the early years. Parents should try and be the first sources of information on sex. There is a growing concern about the influence of the media on sexual content. Even though all ages can be affected by the power of the media, adolescents are especially vulnerable. Therefore, getting the first and primary source of information from a suitable medium is essential in their sexual development as they grow into adulthood.
Know the consequences or effects of unprotected and unsafe sexual activities
These include conditions such as:
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as infections with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes, candidiasis, etc.
- Reproductive tract infections (RTIs) and their outcomes, such as infertility and cancer
- Unplanned pregnancy and abortion
- Sexual violence from an unstable partner or community
- Painful and dangerous practices such as female genital mutilation
- Sexual dysfunctions
Have reliable access to sexual health care
The provision of a safe and welcoming sexual care facility for all ages aids in maintaining the health of all. People should have access to health care in any sexual condition or state they find themselves in and receive advice or information for extraordinary sex life.
Be aware of your surroundings.
Environmental influences are significant in understanding and appreciating sex. They add to the development of one’s sexual well-being mentally, physically, and socially. A community that welcomes an individual’s sexuality and knows the importance of its members’ sexual health is an excellent step to ensuring a better world of positivity.