Bradshaw encourages open conversations on Sexual Health Week

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has encouraged people in Northern Ireland to have an open conversation about sex and sexual health, as Sexual Health Week takes place.

This year’s theme is ‘Let’s Talk Sex,’ with Ms Bradshaw saying the stigma around discussing sex contributes to poor sexual health, with many being too embarrassed to seek the help they need.

“We should not be shy about talking with medical professionals, sexual partners or others about what is a healthy and important function for our bodies,” she said.

“Health problems do not often go away simply by ignoring symptoms, nor are they found if regular check-ups are not carried out.

“As a society, we need to encourage healthy conversations about sex and this should start at a young age. Too few schools are preparing young people to engage in healthy relationships across the spectrum of sexual orientation or based firmly on the principle of consent. It is staggering our Education Minister does not acknowledge that improvement is needed.

“This Sexual Health Week, I encourage people to speak more openly about sex and to thank charities, like Informing Choices NI and Positive life, for all they do to ensure people are empowered to look after their sexual health.”