An Introduction to put you on the right track

What does the term "sexual health" refer to?

 The tern "sexual health" refers to the a state of physical, 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.

What part of the body are we referring to when we are talking about sexual health?

The part of the body that we are referring to when we are talking about sexual health is of course the sexually genitals of the human body. In the case of men, we are referring to the penis whereas in the females, it is the vagina.

What diseases and infections may affect the genital organs of both sexes?

Same as other parts of the body, many diseases and infection may affect the function of the genital. Some of these ranges from life-threatening, to incurable infections and to common inflammation. Some of these are listed in order of severity: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, otherwise more commonly known as "AIDS," Human Immune Virus (HIV), Herpes, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Chlamydia and cancer through the organ. These include cervical cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.

Why are having a protected sex so important to our sexual health?

Having protected sex is so important to our sexual health as it not only gives us confidence knowing that the risks are greatly decreased but also protects you from unwanted bacterium and viruses that are sexually transmitted (mentioned above). The usage of a condom is the most simple protection against the AIDS virus. For the women...actually, the condom not only protects the men but also the opposite sex!!! 

What does the Australian law say about STDs?

 The Australian government has a special department in dealing with STDs. It is an organization for research into raising awareness and treatments for many of the diseases. From the website's statistics, it is clear that the number of teenagers (13-29) getting infected with STDs is rising significantly every year. To find more about STDs on the Australian government website, CLICK HERE

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