Adult sexual health

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The World Health Organization 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. Skip directly to site content Skip directly to page options Skip directly to A-Z link. Sexual Health.

Characteristics of Sexually Healthy Adults

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Adolescence is a time of sexual risk-taking and experimentation but also vulnerability. Young people may present to general physicians with systemic symptoms of sexually transmitted infections STIs , such as arthritis, hepatitis or rash, but may not necessarily volunteer information about sexual activity. It is important for physicians to ask directly about sexual risks and if appropriate test for STIs and pregnancy. Knowing how to take a sexual history and consent a patient for an HIV test are core medical skills that all physicians should be trained to competently perform. Safeguarding young people is the responsibility of all healthcare professionals who come into contact with them, and young victims of abuse may present with physical symptoms such as abdominal pain or deliberate self-harm. We must all be aware of indicators of both child sexual exploitation and HIV infection and not be afraid to ask potentially awkward questions. If we don't we may miss vital opportunities to prevent or minimise harm to young people.

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Stop smoking service changes Changes to the healthy child programme Some sexual health service suspended Find out more. Sexual health services are suspended in Barnet at the following clinics:. During the suspension period of face to face sexual health service in clinics, CNWL will change delivery of the service to a telephone triage system for all patients requesting an appointment. CNWL and Barnet Council will continue to monitor the situation which is changing daily and we will keep this website updated if there are any more changes.
From a holistic perspective, sexual health includes emotional, psychological, physical, intellectual and spiritual dimensions. The following are characteristics of sexually healthy adults however sexual health is developed over a life-span, from cradle to grave. Characteristics of Sexually Healthy Adults Download a copy of this document, formatted for print: Characteristics of Sexually Healthy Adults PDF From a holistic perspective, sexual health includes emotional, psychological, physical, intellectual and spiritual dimensions. Communication Interact with all genders in appropriate and respectful ways Communicate effectively with family and friends Ask questions of other adults about sexual issues, when necessary Are able to communicate and negotiate sexual limits Communicate respectfully their desires to have sex and not to have sex Accept refusals of sex without hostility or feeling insulted Can physically express feelings of attraction and desire in ways that do not focus on the genitals ex: holding, caressing, kissing, etc.