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What is Sexual Health?

Updated: Feb 28, 2023

Having sex is normal and healthy don’t be embarrassed.

But, taking care of your sexual health is important.

Knowing your sexual health status is important to you and your community.

In this article we will uncover the following:

  • What is sexual health?

  • What STD test should I take?

  • How often should I take an STD test?

  • What are the most common STD’s?

  • How to reduce STD risks?

What is Sexual Health?

The World Health Organization (WHO) 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 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. This means sexual health is not only about your test results but how you treat others in relation to sex.

What STD Tests Should I Take and How Often Should I Take an STD Test?

If an individual has had or is having sex, sexual transmitted infections (STI) testing is important. Sexually active individuals should get tested at least once a year. The CDC recommends annual testing for the following:

  • HIV

  • Syphilis

  • Hepatitis

  • Chlamydia

  • Gonorrhea

However, if you have multiples partners, getting tested more frequently (every 3-6 months) is recommended. Getting tested for STI’s protects you and your partner.

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What Are The Most Common STD's?

The CDC estimates that there is upwards of 20 million infections annually. Majority of these infections occur in individuals from ages 15-24. The following infections account for more than 90% of prevalence and new incidence:

  • Chlamydia

  • Trichomoniasis

  • Genital Herpes

  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

How to Reduce STD Risks?

Sexual health is important to our overall health. To reduce the risk of developing STI’s, an individual can do some of the following:

  • Use condoms

  • Reduce partners

  • Use lube

  • Mutual monogamy

  • Vaccinations

  • Abstinence

  • PrEP (to prevent HIV)

  • Education

Sexual health is important for society. However, safe sex keeps you protected and in control of your health. Having conversations with your partner about their status and annual STI testing helps reduce your risks and your communities’ risks.

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