The World Health Organisation 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. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.” (WHO, 2006a)
It is really important for parents and carers to talk to young people about sexual health. The following resources have been selected to help guide parents and careres to talk to their children about sexual health.
Safe Sex Practices:
The Better Health Channel provides useful information about safe sex practices.
Pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy & contraception:
1800 My Options is a free and confidential phoneline (1800 696 784) and website (funded by the Victorian State Government), that provides information and service pathways for contraception, pregnancy options including abortion, and sexual health.
Family Planning Victoria provides a guide to contraceptive options. The video below provides information on contraception.
Sexually Transmissible Infections:
Adolescence, as well as being signified by puberty, is a time of growth, exploration, and discovering one’s place in the world. Exploring and understanding sexuality is part of this, as is taking risks, both of which grow a young persons understanding of themselves in the world and exponentially increase a young person’s exposure to emotional and physical vulnerability and harms such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
The ERC (Education and Resource Centre) is a free statewide community service for all Victorians. They provide information on HIV/AIDS, hepatits and sexually transmissible infections (STIs).
The Melbourne Sexual Health Centre has useful information, links and online services for young people and health professionals.
Download the MSHC Sexual Health Facts Sheet below. The Sexual Health Facts Sheet provides information on the following sexual health conditions and issues.
Follow the links to find out more:
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Emergency contraception
- Genital skin care
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatatis C
- Herpes Siplex Virus (HSV)
- HIV testing and results
- HIV antibody test - inconclusive result
- Lichen Sclerosus
- Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV)
- Molluscum contagiosum
- Mycoplasma genitalium (MG)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
- PrEP Pre-Exposure Prohylaxis
- Pubic lice
- Sexual Health for Gay men or men who have sex with men
- Sex workers Sexual Health
- Skin Biopsy
- Testicular Self Examination (TSE)
- Thrush - candida/yeast infection
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
- Vaccination for Meningococcal
- Vulval pain