Sexual Health Week will take place this year between September 14th and September 20th. Run by the Family Planning Association (FPA), Sexual Health Week aims to raise awareness of issues surrounding sexual health. The FPA is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, so it knows a thing or two about attitudes to sexual health here in the UK.
Not to be confused with National STI Awareness Day in January, Sexual Health Week naturally aims to promote STI awareness among a range of other topics and each year Sexual Health Week adopts a new theme. The theme for 2015 is sexual health and wellbeing, but in the past the organisation has raised awareness of contraception and how best to broach it with a partner, spoken out about the connection between alcohol and sexual health, and run the first ever sexual health campaign targeting the over 50s.
This year’s focus is on sexual pleasure and wellbeing has been chosen for this year as it’s a topic that is relevant to all. Talking about the choice of theme, Natika Halil, CEO of the FPA association, said:
“We’ve achieved many great things in our long history, particularly around securing contraceptive rights, but now we want to help people shake off any feelings of embarrassment they still have about sexual pleasure.
“We want everyone in the UK to feel able to open up about what they like, what they’d like to try, and be more confident and comfortable in communicating with partners. This will in turn improve people’s overall feelings of wellbeing.”
This is a sentiment we at Rowlands whole-heartedly agree with. We recently introduced our own range of sexual health and wellbeing products available online and in store. Among the collection you’ll find lubricants, massagers, mini vibrators and of course, condoms. Choose to order any of these products with us they will be delivered in the secure, discreet packaging used for all Rowlands Pharmacy online orders.
Why do we need an awareness week for sexual health?
You might wonder why we still need a Sexual Health Week in 2015? Two key points to consider are that sexual health messaging is often targeted specifically towards young people, when in reality sexual health issues affect a far broader demographic, and that myths about sexual health are still widely perpetuated. To test your knowledge of sexual health myths, take our quiz on this highly debated topic below!
With these points in mind, it’s good to promote conversation, increase knowledge and offer support through putting the focus on different aspects of sexual health and wellbeing and targeting different groups. While 15-24 year-olds continue to be the group most affected by STIs in the UK, cases of chlamydia, herpes, genital warts and gonorrhoea among the 45-64 age group rose by seven per cent in the year 2012 to 2013 and by 8.2 per cent in the over 65 age group, highlighting the fact that sexual health is an important discussion topic for all ages.
Here at Rowlands Pharmacy, we’re proud to back Sexual Health Week 2015 and recognise that a happy and healthy sex life is part of looking after your own wellbeing. For more information, visit our Sexual Health and STI Advice Centre pages – and don’t forget to take our quiz below and find out how many sexual health and pleasure myths you still believe.
If you’d like to find out more about Sexual Health Week or want to book a free STI checkup, you can visit the FPA website to find out more.