Sexual Health

Let's Have a Look at the Bright Side of Life

Simon Blake | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Blake

If we don't ask the questions which help us learn from success and happiness we won't learn valuable lessons about personal and community strategies from countless young people who manage their lives - the good bits and the bad bits - with resilience, creativity and capacity for growth.

Sexual Media and the Young

Verity Nelson | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Verity Nelson

During the Christmas period, the number of sexually suggestive perfume advertisements doubles in number. Such famous examples are Jean Paul Gaultier whose naked vixen wakes up alone after a night with a sailor suggests that sex with an unknown companion is perfectly acceptable. At least over 75% of perfume adverts give that same message to young people.

Why Older Isn't Wiser When It Comes to Our Sex Lives

Genevieve Edwards | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Genevieve Edwards

Research published this week by Marie Stopes shows that of 4,000 adults not trying for a baby, a third of women and almost half of the men had unprotected sex at least once in the past year. And here's the surprising part. Around eight out of 10 of those having unprotected sex said they believed it was "very unlikely" that it would result in pregnancy or they'd contract a sexually transmitted infection. When it comes to our sex lives, it seems we cross our fingers and hope for the best. Yet 185,000 women accessed abortion services last year, which suggests that for quite a lot of us, it does happen. Half a million STIs were diagnosed last year too, some of them incurable and life-threatening.

Are You Riddled?

Jack Fletcher | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

Now I have your attention. That was easy! Sex is a natural part of life, alongside other pleasurable functions of the body such as playing sport and eating, but is something that is not talked about enough in society which only exacerbates the stigma attached to many issues of sex.

Party Revellers Warned to Avoid 'STI New Year'

Dr Nitin Shori | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitin Shori

With festivities in full swing, an important message for revellers this party season is to keep safe from STIs - and avoid what could be an unpleasant start to 2014.

UK's 'Horniest Student' Facing Expulsion From Uni After Computer Room Sex

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

An undergraduate crowned the "UK's horniest student" for boasting about having sex in a computer room and keeping a list of victims will be discipline...

Facing My Taboo of STIs

James Emtage | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Emtage

We've all just got to get over this. In a society where access to medication and medical staff is freely available, it is not only our right to get ourselves checked out, but our duty.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before Your Teenager Becomes Sexually Active

Suzi Godson | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Efforts to persuade teenagers to have safe sex and to use health-screening services seem to be having a positive effect. Looks like that bloke who said "education, education, education" might have gotten something right after all. So, if you have a teenager, here's ten things you need to know before they become sexually active.

Are Women Closing the Sexuality Gap?

Kaye Wellings | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kaye Wellings

Are women escaping the bonds of social stereotypes and at last achieving equal sexual rights with men? Or are they responding to a male driven agenda? If we delve a little deeper into the survey findings, we find a more complex picture.

Exeter Student Crowned 'UK's Horniest' For Sleeping With Three Men A Week

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A university student, who calls herself "slutvian" has been awarded £500 for keeping a "shag list" of her "victims" and sleeping with up to three men...

...and Gender

Simon Blake | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Simon Blake

In Brook's strategic framework we set out our commitment to 'setting high expectations for young people so they can have high expectations for themselves'. Our professional and personal understanding of gendered lines and expectations are central to this.

40 Days For Life: Abortion and Passive-Aggressive 'Peaceful Prayer'

Lucy Uprichard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Uprichard

2010 wasn't the best year for the UK. We gained a coalition government, the newspapers had a tiring fixation with the recently announced royal engagement, and 40 Days For Life finally made their way across the pond.

What Is Vulvodynia? The Difference Between Painful And Normal Sex For Women

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Following in the creative footsteps of viral sensation Porn Sex vs. Real Sex comes an awareness video urging women to talk about sex - right where it...

Pornography, Young People, Safeguarding and Education

Simon Blake | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

This week David Cameron announced there will be new legislation making 'rape pornography' illegal. Beyond the accusations of censorship and an industry reluctant to engage, the realities are more subtle, the challenges more complex and the need for good education more acute.

Pfizer's UK Patent Has Expired - But What Does This Mean for the Patient?

Dr Tom Brett | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Tom Brett

Many men still feel embarrassed to discuss their erectile dysfunction problems with their GP. Our research has shown that a quarter of men say they have experienced problems with erectile dysfunction, yet only 18% would be willing to talk to a medical professional.

Men's Health Week - Time for Men to Open Up About Sexual Health

Dr Tom Brett | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Tom Brett

Being too embarrassed to come forward can be potentially very dangerous, particularly when it comes to sexual health. Public Health England* recently released its latest statistics on STI diagnoses rates, which were widely reported in the media. It illustrated that there is still a widespread problem of people having unsafe sex

It's Time to Put Consent on the Curriculum - Why MPs Should Vote Yes on New Clause 20

Aisling Gallagher | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Aisling Gallagher

On Monday, there will be a vote on an amendment to the Children & Families Bill to include Sex & Relationship Education in the national curriculum. If the amendment is carried, it will go into the bill. Why is it so important?

Why Britain Still Has a Stiff Upper Lip

Dr Nitin Shori | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitin Shori

Week in and week out in my GP surgery in North Wales I meet patients who have waited weeks, months and even years to seek help for a medical problem because they are simply too embarrassed.

Let's Banish Section 28 Forever

Simon Blake | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

Section 28 was homophobic, evil, pernicious and unworkable poor legislation - it was unworkable because it never applied to schools who were and continue to be responsible for sex education. But it had an enormous impact nonetheless. And those who introduced, supported and tried to uphold it should be ashamed.

Responding to the Publication of the Government's PSHE Education Review

Simon Blake | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Blake

Good PSHE education helps to develop vital personal and social skills, positive values, an understanding of equality and diversity and the importance of individual rights and responsibilities. PSHE education is not a magic bullet but where it is done well in primary and secondary schools it is proven to make a difference to young lives.

Cardiff Voted Worst Uni For Sexual Health Services

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education

When it comes to sexual health, Cardiff students can expect the worst from their university, according to a new report. Cardiff University came las...

'Condom Size' App Asks Men To Measure Up In World Penis League Table

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Tech

An app designed to help men compare the length and girth of their penis with the rest of the world has hit Apple's iOS App Store. The 'Condom Size'...

2012 Review: Sexual And Reproductive Health

Helen Marsden | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Marsden

2012 was a year when sexual and reproductive health hit the headlines in a big way. Sexual and reproductive health continues to cause passionate debate around the globe year after year.

That's a Wrap: Condoms, STIs and HBO's Girls

Claire Surrey | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Surrey

Condoms, when properly used, can help prevent STI and HIV transmission. If you're sexually active, use your judgement and ask whether your partner has been tested. Better yet, why not nix the suspense and make getting regular STI screenings a New Year's resolution?

The Hypocrisy of Pornography

Lewis Shepherd | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lewis Shepherd

I may be wrong but in the same way it is perceived that women may think they have to act and perform a certain way during sex because of porn, then surely the same principal can be applied to naïve or impressionable gay men, which in this case could prove dangerous