Sexual health is defined by the World Health Organisation as “a state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease 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. For positive sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled”.
Wokingham Borough Council's responsibilities
Local authorities are responsible for providing comprehensive, open access sexual health services. This includes free sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment, notification of sexual partners of infected persons and free provision of contraception. Some specialised services are directly commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and at the national level by NHS England.
Facts, figures and more information
Read our sexual health and HIV facts and figures (PDF document)