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What is Healthy Sexuality?

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Introduction

Healthy sexuality is a fundamental, enriching aspect of being human.

Being sexually healthy means being able to:

  • Comfortably discuss your feelings and values.
  • Initiate sex or say no to sex.
  • Enjoy sexual expression, arousal and orgasm without fear, guilt or shame.
  • Exercise your sexual rights.

Healthy sexuality involves not only being male or female, but also your:

  • Attitudes and feelings.
  • Physical and emotional needs.
  • Sexual needs and desires throughout your lifetime.
  • Pleasure and fulfillment.
  • Reproduction and fertility.
  • Self image and respect.

Healthy sexuality has to do with:

  • Communicating, accepting and giving love and affection.
  • Cultural and religious influences.

Expressing intimacy and feeling like you belong.

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Sexual Expression

Sexual expression is the way we give and receive love.

It can happen in many ways, like:

  • Participating in fun activities.
  • Revealing private feelings and thoughts.
  • Giving warm touches or hugs; or sharing physical intimacy.

We express ourselves sexually during our entire lives through:

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Your Sexual Rights

As a sexual human being, you have the right to:

  • Feel in control of your body.
  • Understand and express your feelings.
  • Choose how you will express your sexuality with respect for yourself and others.
  • Choose whether you will be in a relationship, and the kind of relationship it will be.
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