At most times, people find it difficult to talk about sexual health issues !! The SEXtember Campaign was launched last year in North West Wales to encourage people to discuss sexual health matters openly and without embarrassment in the month of September.
The aim of the Campaign is to encourage people to get checked out and discuss sexual health issues including contraception by visiting their local clinic.
Although the Campaigns focus is during the month of September, our Sexual Health Services are always available, but during September, remember… its “Time to talk about sex”.
If you require further information on Sexual Health Services within BCU please click here to link to our Sexual Health pages.
Why is Sexual Health important
Sexuality is an integral part of being human. Love, affection, and sexual intimacy contribute to healthy relationships, individual physical and emotional well-
Talking about sexual health matters with your partner, parents, friends or even with a health professional can sometimes be embarrassing. However, having an open discussion of sexual health issues is important to promoting good sexual health and responsibility. More attention has been placed on sexual health since the World Health Organization (WHO) issued the following statement more than 25 years ago. WHO declared: "There exist fundamental rights for the individual, including …freedom from organic disorders, diseases and deficiencies that interfere with sexual and reproductive function."
However, challenges to achieving this vision remain. The unwillingness of individuals to discuss their sexual problems may be the greatest barrier to achieving good sexual health and to promote responsible sexual behaviour.
We are hoping that SEXtember campaign will promote good sexual health and break the barriers of talking about sexual health matters during the month of September.
What are our aims
Increase awareness around local sexual health services -
Encouraging people to get tested for STIs and HIV
Reduce unwanted pregnancies by promoting good contraception
Sexual health promotion to avoid infections, reduce transmission, especially late diagnosis of HIV
Reduce stigma around STIs and HIV
Raising the profile of sexual health
How do we achieve these aims
We all have a responsibility to improve sexual health. We are hoping to achieve our aims by advertising widely using social media, engaging key stakeholders and people passionate about sexual health.
Who should be part of this campaign
Through this campaign, we hope to engage the public and with people who need sexual health services and key stakeholders including the following staff...
Doctors, nurses, HCSWs etc who work outside sexual health services within the hospitals...
Alcohol and Drug services
National Sexual Health Organisations and Charities
Voluntary Sector workers
Universities and Colleges across North Wales
Public Health Wales
We are hoping this campaign will grow and widely and more people and organisations will come on board in the years to come...!