The World Health Organization (WHO) 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.
Sexual health concerns anyone in the community aged 16 or over, or who are sexually active. Therefore it is important to implement services that are easy to access regardless of age or area of residence, that provide appropriate treatment, good advice and methods of contraception in order to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and abortions.
The full JSNA report for substance misuse is available here – JSNA Report – Sexual Health 2018 v1.7
- Sexual and Reproductive Health Profiles (Public Health England) – http://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile/sexualhealth
- Knowsley Sexual and Reproductive Health Profile – http://fingertipsreports.phe.org.uk/sexualhealth/e08000011.pdf