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Sexual Health

Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It 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. Love, affection, and sexual intimacy are all part of healthy relationships, which contributes to our sense of well-being. Our sexuality affects who we are and how we express ourselves.

Factors that can affect sexual health include

  • Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Concerns about family planning, unplanned pregnancy, or infertility
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Intimate partner and sexual violence
  • Physical, mental, and emotional health
  • Media, culture, religion, family, friends, and individual experiences

Resources

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)