What is Sexual Health?
Sexual health is about more than just STIs. Your sexual health is determined by a combination of your physical, emotional and social well-being. It is about you and your partner(s) having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, where both parties feel comfortable to express their sexuality in a way that feels good, without coercion or the threat of discrimination and violence.
Remember that no-one has the right to tell you what to do - it’s your choice.
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 can be well worth it in the end.
It would be great if we could just enjoy sex and not have to worry about catching anything, 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 make an appointment at your nearest MOT or Sexual Health clinic as soon as you can.