Sexual Health

Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.

A number of diseases and disorders affect sexual health, including sexually transmitted diseases and cancer. In men, treatment of prostate cancer can cause erectile dysfunction. In women, cervical, uterine, vaginal, vulvar or ovarian cancer may have sexual effects.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sexual Health Web site for additional information on more specific sexual health topics, such as HIV/AIDS prevention; sexually transmitted diseases; viral hepatitis; HIV and STD testing; sexual violence prevention; reproductive health; pregnancy and HIV, viral hepatitis, and STD prevention; and preconception care.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention