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Teens, Young People & Sexual Health
Relationships, Sexual Health and Your Body
Deciding whether to have sex or to do other sexual activities with someone can be tricky. People often have very different, and often strong, views about sex. Sometimes young people’s views on sex are influenced by their background, sometimes by their friends.
As a young person, it’s good to learn about why people have sex, how young people can make decisions about their lives and what can happen after sex.
Sex - or sexual intercourse - can result in pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as Chlamydia, HIV or Herpes. There are many STIs that you can get through penetrative or oral sex. Sex can also impact on your emotions and happiness, both in a positive way and a negative way.
Being knowledgeable will make it easier to make decisions about your body, having sex or not having sex, your sexual health and your relationships.
Have a look through the different topics listed on this page to learn more about sex, sexuality and looking after yourself and your body. You will find information about puberty and sexual organs, having sex for the first time, sex and alcohol, using condoms and many other topics aimed at helping you to protect your sexual health whether you are HIV positive or not and stay happy and confident.