Looking after our sexual health is a crucial part of staying happy and well.
Taking responsibility for our health is a big part of growing up
We owe it to our partners to look after their sexual health too
Infections like chlamydia, herpes and genital warts are increasing among young people
Isn't sexual health just about diseases?
Being sexually healthy does mean taking steps to avoid getting any sexually transmitted infections.
We also need to get tested if we think there's a problem and get treatment for any infections that are found.
But good sexual health is also about:
- taking care of our personal safety
- feeling confident about our sexuality
- knowing how to treat others with respect
- being able to talk about likes and dislikes
- not having any regrets
Lastly, sexual health is also about staying well so that, if and when we choose, we can have the best chance of fathering children or getting pregnant.
Who can I talk to about sexual health matters?
Lots of young people's first choice is to talk to their parents or the people who look after them.
If you think you have a problem, you can speak to your doctor.
If something has worried you or you're upset, it's important not to 'bottle it up'. Speak to a trusted friend or adult about how you feel.
If you prefer not to talk to someone you know, you could call Childline free on 0800 1111.