Dr Ahmed Ismail

Consultant Gynaecologist & Fertility Expert

Sexual Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines sexual health as "the state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being related to sexuality; it is not merely the abscence of disease, dysfunction and infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive, 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.

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For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled."

Sexual health is more than deciding on birth control, and protecting yourself from sexually transmitted diseases, its about making positive choices for both you and your boyfriend or girlfriend.

Sexual health and learning how to look after yourself is important.

Anyone who has sex can be at risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI). As many as 70% of women and 50% of men who have an STI, don't show any symptoms and there are serious consequences if infections are left untreated.

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