What is Sexual Health?
The World Health Organisation defines sexual health as:
“…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.”
Sex is a shared, intimate experience and although there is sometimes an unspoken feeling that good sex should come naturally, in reality, talking about what you prefer with your partner helps sexual relations and can bring you much closer together.
It may take some courage to explain your needs and desires (as well as the things you may not be happy with) to your partner and although it may feel embarrassing, it is well worth it in the end. Having good sex involves feeling as comfortable as you can with your body, and that of your partner.
You have the right to define conditions under which you share your body with another man. You can negotiate so that you both feel safe and valued. You shouldn’t ever feel rushed or pressurised into doing anything before you feel ready to and you are sure it is what you want. Remember that no-one has the right to tell you what to do - it’s your choice.
It would be great if we could just enjoy sex and not have to worry about catching anything or passing anything on. But unfortunately sexually transmitted infections are very much a part of the scene.
The following pages include information on some of the most common sexually transmitted infections for gay and bi guys in Scotland to be aware of at the moment.
If you are worried that you may have caught something, or if you notice anything unusual or have any other concerns the best thing to do is to drop in to your nearest MOT or Sexual Health clinic as soon as you can.
The “Find Services” section provides more details of where you can go for free, confidential care and treatment.