Sexual Health

What is Sexual Health?

The World Health Organisation describe Sexual Health as "a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease."

Sexual Health includes:

  • sexual development
  • sexual function
  • sexual behaviours & attitudes
  • self esteem
  • intimacy & relationships
  • gender roles and identity
  • sexual rights & responsibilities
  • body image
  • sexuality
  • reproductive health
  • contraception
  • HIV and STI prevention


Sexual Rights

You have a right to:

  • Clear information about sex
  • Access to services without judgement
  • Change your mind
  • Be respected for who you are
  • Ask for what you want
  • Not to be judged because of your sexuality
  • Express/explore your sexuality as long as you don't hurt anybody
  • Say 'no' to any sex that you don't want at any time
  • Knowledge that helps you understand & control your sexual health
  • Sexual pleasure
  • To make free and responsible choices
  • To have sex from the age of 17 (age of consent)


Sexual Responsibilities

  • The age of consent is 17 in Ireland
  • Males and Females are both equally responsible for sexual health
  • Respect the decisions and choices of others
  • Never pressure anyone into sexual activity


(with thanks to Dublin Aids Alliance)


Sexual health is an important part of our overall well-being. It is common for people to have questions and concerns about their sexual health and safer-sex practices. It can really help to talk to someone about these even though it might feel a bit awkward at first. If you call the National LGBT Helpline on 1890 929 539 the volunteers are trained to listen to you and provide support and information. If you wish, they can also signpost you to sexual health information and services.

Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Sexual Health

Information in relation to lesbian & bisexual women's sexual health in this country has been largely overlooked. However in recent times there have been attempts to address this gap by the publication of reports and information. The links in this section will point you in the direction of the most recent sexual health information for any women who has sex with women. These links will help you make informed choices about your sexual health. We acknowledge that same-sex attracted women have a wide range of different sexual experiences and desires.

Gay and Bisexual Men's Sexual Health

The links in this section will point you in the direction of the most recent sexual health information for gay and bisexual men as well as sexual health services for men.


Remember that your GP is an option for any health questions or concerns you might have including sexual health.



Disclaimer - The information contained within the links on this page are provided to give you acces to additional sexual health and support information. However, the information may be from a country other than Ireland so please check with your GP or local HSE service for the Irish context as the National LGBT Helpline cannot accept responsibility for information/content on external sites. 

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