Having an active sex life can have health benefits such as improving the condition of your heart, reducing stress and improving mental health. Being part of a happy, healthy relationship can also reduce depression and anxiety. Even a hug can reduce your blood pressure and improve your sense of well-being.
It is vitally important however to practice safe sex, to protect yourself and others. Many people with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) do not get symptoms, so it's worth getting tested even if you feel fine. If you think you have an STI, the earlier you're tested, the sooner treatment can be given if it's needed.
Further information and support - Devon
Contact the Devon Sexual Health Service:
NHS Devon Sexual Health provides sexual health services that support healthy relationships and sexual well-being for people in Devon.
You can book an appointment for any of the clinics by calling 0300 303 3989 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday to Friday.
You can find contact details for local clinics, pharmacies or health centres offering sexual health and contraception services here.
Devon Sexual Health is a specialist service delivered by Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. The service is funded by Devon County Council and Torbay Council.
Further information and support - UK
- NHS Live Well - Sexual Health (for information on sexual health, contraception, STIs and good sex).