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Your Sexual Health Matters

Right now, it is time to focus on sexual health and you! Sexual health is important for many reasons. So let's talk about it.

As you think about what sexual health really means, try to consider your own personal ideas about sex and how it relates to you and your body. Sexual health is equally essential to your entire well-being just as much as your physical and mental health. Protecting your sexual health requires understanding what you need and becoming educated about your body, seeking accurate health information, and accessing resources that are available to you.

Protecting Your Sexual Health:

A major part of protecting your sexual health is making smart and responsible choices regarding relationships, sexual behaviors, and other risk behaviors including the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Am I actually ready to have sex or am I feeling pressured?
  • Is my relationship healthy or unhealthy?
  • Am I practicing safer sex?
  • Am I prepared to deal with the possible consequences of having unprotected sex?
  • Do I get tested for STDs regularly?
  • Do I get an annual evaluation or check-up each year?
It's in Your Interest to Know Your Status

It is important to be aware of both your individual body and any potential partners as you learn more about sexual health. It is critical to educate yourself about safer sex and respect others limits regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Making smart and responsible choices will help you and your partner prevent STDs, protect your future, and delay unplanned pregnancy.

Be at your best and take the test!

You can get tested and receive reproductive services at any local health department in Alabama. To find the closest clinic near you, contact your nearest county health department.




Page last updated: September 21, 2022