Warwickshire’s key health tip
Look after your sexual health: This means enjoying the sexual activity you may want, without causing yourself or anyone else any suffering, or physical or mental harm. Sexual health is not just about avoiding unwanted pregnancy or Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STIs) – But using a condom will help with both.
Making positive choices about contraception and sexual health is important, not just for physical health but also for general wellbeing.
Where to find information and support services
- NHS Choices
- Respect Yourself Warwickshire
- Respect Yourself blog for professionals
- Family Planning Association
- National Chlamydia Screening Programme
- Terrence Higgins Trust
- British Association for Sexual Health & HIV (BASHH)
- Talking to your child about relationships and sex
If you are a practitioner and wish to find out about local services and support related to sexual health, please click here to access the Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Portal.
Evidence Base and Needs Assessment Information
Over the past decade, there has been an increase in the number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Teens are particularly at risk. Many STIs are without symptoms but if left untreated can lead to complications. Safe sex and condom use can prevent STIs but early detection is vital. An estimated £63 million a year is spent in the NHS on teenage pregnancies. Teenage pregnancies are, however, falling in Warwickshire as a whole, but not at the same rate across all Districts and Boroughs.
Key Strategies and Documents
Service modernisation and development around sexual health services has been informed by a number of national strategies including Better Prevention, Better Services, Better Sexual Health (2001), National Teenage Pregnancy Strategy (1999) and Choosing Health: Making Healthier Choices Easier (2004).