When young adults are in school, it goes without saying that there is a lot to learn. After all, the entire point of education is to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Of all the important lessons there are to learn in the world, there is one that is not paid nearly enough attention to while young adults are reaching the age of becoming. That is the lesson surrounding the reality of sexual health, and the importance of keeping a hold of our own sexual health.
Young adults around the world typically become curious about their sexual nature when they hit the age of sixteen onwards. As such, there is a responsibility for high schools to at the very least make sexual health courses available, so that students have the chance to learn about the links between health and sex. In 2019, there is no excuse not to have these types of classes available to students. But why exactly is learning about sexual health so important?
Sexual health is just as important as physical health and mental health
There has been a growing emphasis on the understanding of overall health in the broadest of terms, as well as physical health and mental health – and rightfully so. We only have one body and one life, and so there is an inherent importance placed on preserving and protecting that body and that life. However, even still, sexual health is not discussed nearly enough – especially in comparison to other facets of whole health. There must be a change in the approach and prioritisation of the conversation.
Without understanding, mistakes are inevitable
Knowledge really is power. As with anything, it is difficult to know the right moves to make if one does not have the adequate information to make informed decisions. When young adults are exploring their sexuality, it is profoundly important than they are careful when doing so. Without having the awareness of why taking certain measures with their sexual health is so important, mistakes are inevitable. The best way to avoid these mistakes occurring in the first place? Make sure that they learn about this aspect of themselves and their health before they get to the point of trying to navigate it on their own.
Getting regular sexual health tests should be a priority
STD testing is crucial to protecting one’s sexual health. There is nothing wrong with being in control with how and who one shares their body with, but being smart about it is so important. Regardless of how many sexual partners a person has, and how well they know them or how long they have known them, getting regular STD and STI tests done after being intimate with a new partner is very important. Why? Because even though most people are good people, the fact is that symptoms of STDs and STIs do not always manifest so obviously in someone who has contracted one, and they may unknowingly pass on their infections. Being smart is paramount, and having he adequate information and further awareness is the foundation.