DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY’S SEXUAL HEALTH WEEK 23rd - 31st January 2015
Most sexual health awareness campaign focus on issues such as unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Whilst these are important issues, they don’t make any reference to the positive, life enhancing benefits of healthy sexual relationships and sexual pleasure.
People have sex for many reasons; to demonstrate love and affection, conformity, recognition, power, stress reduction, reproduction or to earn a living. However, the main motivation for sexual behaviour is sexual pleasure. That’s why Sexual Health D&G has chosen “Let’s talk about Sex - Shades of Pleasure” for our 2015 awareness campaign to highlight that sexual experiences should be fun, enjoyable and fulfilling.
The campaign also has a protection message – if people know that sex should be fun and consensual, they are more likely to report abuse. It is also important to understand that what is pleasurable for one person may not be pleasurable for another, and what a person finds pleasurable can change over time.
For people to be able to talk openly about their sexual health and develop the skills they need to make informed choices about their sexual relationships, they need access to accurate information, education and sexual health services. Sexual Health D&G has developed a toolkit of resources to help you explore the positive aspects of sexual health.
What is the aim of sexual health awareness week?
To encourage people to talk openly about sex and sexual pleasure.
What are the objectives?
- to raise awareness of people’s rights to sexual pleasure
- to raise awareness of sources of help and support
- to highlight that what might be pleasurable for one party may not be for another.
What are the intended outcomes?People in Dumfries and Galloway will:
- be aware of their right to optimum sexual health and sexual pleasure
- be confident to talk openly about sexual health and sexual pleasure with their partner(s)
- know how and where to seek help and support
- be aware of the darker shades of pleasure
What resources are available to support your work with clients and service users?
Click on the smiley faces above to access the following:
- Keeping the passion alive – Tips
- Sex is good for you! Health benefits of sex
- Quiz – Pleasure: Myth or fact?
- Interesting facts about Love and sex
- 101 Ways to show someone you love them without having sex
- Working with young people around sexual pleasure
- Darker shades of pleasure