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Safe Sex

Sexual health is an important part of physical and mental health.

Sexual health can be a key part of our identity as human beings and contribute to our emotional wellbeing. However, some research among people with severe mental health problems has suggested that they are more likely to engage in high-risk sexual behaviour, for a number of reasons, putting them at risk of sexually transmitted diseases.

Safe sex means taking precautions during sex that can keep you from getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI), or from giving a STI to your partner. These diseases include genital herpes, genital warts, HIV, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, and others.

In general, there are four main tips to remember for good sexual health: 

  • Avoid casual sex
  • If you don't want to have a baby, use contraception
  • If you do have sex with someone who is not your regular, faithful partner – use a condom throughout
  • Remember that alcohol can make us forget all we know about practising safer sex

On the right you can find links to websites where you can find out more information on good sex, including contraception, sexually transmitted infections, sex and young people, and talking about sex.

Follow this link to find out more about sexual health services provided by Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - Sexual Health



Last updated: 30 May 2012

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Visit our Sexual Health area to find out more about GU clinics, Chlamydia screening, contraception and emergency contraception in your area - and much more!

Sex and young people

Are you ready for sex? Where can you get contraception or free condoms? Is your body normal? What should you do if a condom splits? And what about infections?

NHS Choices

Visit NHS Choices and find a wealth of information about looking after your sexual health, including fact sheets and videos on sexually transmitted infections, contraceptive methods, and HIV, as well plenty of advice on how to stay fit, healthy and happy.

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