Sexual health

Rajeeb Kumar Sah, Sally Robinson

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Sexual health is integral to the health and wellbeing of individuals. This chapter describes current definitions of sexual health, sexuality and sexual rights. It examines examples of negative and positive aspects of sexual health. These include descriptions of sexually transmitted infections: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, genital herpes, genital warts and HIV, along with their UK prevalence data. The chapter discusses how unintended/unplanned pregnancies can have a negative impact on women’s lives. It includes an outline of abortion laws and explains the dangers of unsafe abortions. It describes coercive control and the longer-term impacts of sexual violence and assault. The chapter discusses how sexual attitudes and behaviour are shaped by the socio-cultural norms of people’s daily lives, including religion, culture, the internet and other forms of digital media that publicise local sexual health services as well as pornography. The chapter ends by arguing that sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to human sexuality and relationships, and understanding our sexual rights is central to achieving this.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPriorities for Health Promotion and Public Health
Subtitle of host publicationExplaining the Evidence for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
EditorsSally Robinson
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780367823689
ISBN (Print)9780367820282, 9780367423414
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCanterbury Public Health Series
PublisherTaylor and Francis


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