Since 2008, when the first WA Sexual Health Week was launched the event has grown from strength to strength. The next WA Sexual Health Week will be held from 10 to 16 February 2014, with a number of Western Australian events being planned over the course of the week.
- Being with someone who makes you feel safe;
- Seeking regular sexual health check-ups;
- Behaving without putting yourself at risk of infection or unwanted pregnancy;
- Expressing and exploring your sexuality on your terms;
- Knowing if it does not feel safe – do not do it.
- Intimacy you have with your partner or on your own;
- Being with someone who makes you feel happy, cared for and secure;
- Having healthy and loving relationships;
- Feeling strong and confident in your own body.
- For your own body and your partner’s body;
- For the choices you make, your partner makes and other people make;
- For people of all sexualities;
- Knowing that no always means no.
One common misconception about sexual health is that it means being physically healthy or having regular STI tests. Sexual health is a lot more than safer sex, preventing infection and unwanted pregnancy. Sexual health is about open communication, confidence in making informed choices, acceptance of our differences and a healthy understanding of sexuality and relationships. It is about life, love, relationships and the freedom of sexual expression. It is about what happens in the head and heart, it is about thoughts and feelings and how that relates to others. Sexual health is about safety, pleasure and respect.
WA Sexual Health Week 2014 coincides with other relevant events including National Sexual Health Week, National Condom Day and Valentines Day.