Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional 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.
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Staying sexually healthy and free from infection is important for everyone, whether living with HIV or not. Confidential and free sexual health check-ups can be done at local Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinics. More information about these is given below:
Numerous studies have shown that condoms, if used consistently and correctly, are highly effective at preventing HIV infection, and also at preventing the transmission of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis. There are many sites that give more information about safer sex and condom use, for example:
Consistent and proper condom use remains the most effective method for the prevention of HIV and other STIs to date.
Condoms (male and female), lube, dentals dams and advice are freely available at the NYAA office! You can find our contact details here.
There are many sources of information on sexual health. Rather than duplicate them here, NYAA can suggest where to find the most appropriate information. The best way of doing this is perhaps by direct discussion with one of the NYAA team, either in person or over the phone. By dealing directly in the way, with regard to a specific enquiry, NYAA can direct someone to the most reliable sources of information.
Some useful websites for general information are: