Sexual Health Awareness Day
September 4, 2017 is World Sexual Health Day. The World Health Organization defines sexual health as “mental, social, and physical health and wellbeing in relation to sexuality.” Sexual health is about more than just avoiding sexually transmitted diseases; issues like consent and sexual orientation are also key components to sexual health. Understanding sexual health and avoiding sexual risk may help youth stay out of poverty and achieve success in their career and education. Encourage a holistic approach to health education as part of your programming, and help youth take a smart approach to their sexual health and avoid sexual risk.
- Access our resources on integrating sexual health into your adolescent pregnancy prevention (APP) programming:
- Learn about intimate partner violence and find more resources and ways to help. Share the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) somewhere that people in your program can see it.
- Visit The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s website for more articles about sexual health that you can share with your program participants.
- Go to HIV.gov and enter your zip code to find HIV and STD testing sites in your area.
Sexual health among youth is a key part of overall health and well-being. Help youth understand and prevent of risky behaviors!