Young men

Looking after yourself
It is important for young men to look after their sexual health as it can have implications later in life. Looking after your sexual health will also prevent negative impact on your mental and physical health as these are all connected. Sexual health is much more that just thinking about STIs however this is important also. It is being aware of who you are, your self-esteem, sexuality, healthy relationships, knowing your body, hormones, sexual contact and the interplay between these.

Advice
If you are thinking about engaging in a sexual relationship you can get advice, support and access to condoms through The Clinic. Before engaging in any sexual aspect of a relationship it is important that you understand consent, permission and boundaries and know that each person must consent to the activity and have the right to withdraw consent at any stage. It is therefore important to discuss these things first.

Condoms
STIs and HIV are on the increase and the only way to protect yourself and reduce your risk of transmission from these is to use condoms properly. There are different sizes and types of condoms so ensure you get the right type for you. The other person should respect the use of condoms otherwise they maybe are not the right person for you. 

Using condoms properly will prevent the exchange of any bodily fluids.  This is important as Sexually Transmitted Infections are mainly spread through the exchange of any bodily fluids however some are spread through close skin-to-skin contact.  Always ensure condoms are in date, the packaging is intact and that they are of a recommended standard; they should display the CE mark on the packaging.  Be careful when opening the condom not to damage it and it should then be placed over an erect penis and should roll down easily.  Condoms only roll on one way so if it does not go on easily it probably is on the wrong way.  This means it will need discarded as it will have come into contact with bodily fluids.  Always have spare condoms available.  Ensure following sexual activity that the condom is checked for any leaks or tears and if there is any problem that you and your partner present for STI testing and pregnancy testing if this is a risk.

Becoming a dad
If you are a teenager and have learned that you are going to become a father you may be going through a confusing time, with lots of questions, concerns and emotions.  Start 360 offer an education programme called Lads to Dads.  This is a useful programme looking at issues like confidence in fatherhood, communication, discipline, anger management, sexual health, role of social services, the law and your rights.

Self-examination
Ensure you know what is normal for your body and to regularly check your testicles. If there is anything different make sure to contact your GP or GUM/Sexual Health Clinic. Please visit the NHS Choices website for more information on self-examination.

Page last updated:06 April 2016