For almost 100 years ASHA has been talking to you about sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STDs/STIs). In that time we’ve helped millions learn how to protect themselves, talk to their partners and parents, know what to do if they have an STD/STI and much more. We have thousands of stories from people letting us know how helpful we’ve been. It’s time to do more, though.
We believe that the answer is to start talking about sexual health. No, sexual health is not just about protecting yourself from an STD/STI, which is ASHA’s history. STD/STIs are certainly a critical piece of the sexual health puzzle but being sexually healthy is about much more.
So to get us started, we asked you what you thought sexual health was and you answered.
You told us also that you want to be able to get the information you need simply, but accurately. You also want it to cover whatever stage of life you’re in. You reminded us that sexual health is not only for the young. There are millions in their later years who are still sexually active but who don’t always have the tools or knowledge to know how to be sexually healthy.
We also talk about building healthy, meaningful relationships. After all, true sexual health is about our physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
Our most basic advice is:
We want your opinions. This website is a work in progress. We’ll be adding more information and making changes based on what you tell us you want and need. Take a minute to let us know your thoughts. We have a tough job talking to all Americans, but we are committed to doing the best job possible.
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