Sexual Health Week

FPA Sexual Health Week informs the public, influences service providers and supports health professionals.

Sexual Health Week 2017, 11–17 September

Let’s talk about porn

This year's theme is talking about pornography – and there’s a lot to talk about.

For sexual health professionals, this might be spreading the word about how the sex in most pornography doesn’t show how to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or unwanted pregnancy.

We'll provide resources for the week that will help you talk about safer sex. For example, most pornography doesn’t show people using condoms or dams – which can contribute to a false impression that they aren’t needed, or will hinder sexual pleasure. In the study we carried out for Sexual Health Week last year, more than half of people didn’t think it was true that you can get an STI from oral sex.

For parents and teachers, you might want to talk to young people about a whole range of issues connected to pornography, such as:

  • separating fantasy from reality
  • self-esteem and body image
  • importance of consent and communication
  • keeping safe, and the law.

We know many parents and teachers find tackling these topics a bit nerve-wracking. So we’ll be providing materials and advice that will help you feel confident in having the conversations you need to support and protect young people.

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All Sexual Health Weeks

2016: Sexually Transmitted Infections 2015: The Pleasure Principle 2014: Contraceptive choices - beyond the morning after 2013: XES – We Can't Go Backwards, one year on 2012: XES – We Can't Go Backwards 2011: Facts of life 2010: The Middle-age Spread 2009: One too Many 2008: It's My Right