Try this primer for sexy chat­ter

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT - Cathie Penny ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Cape Bre­ton Cen­tre for Sex­ual Health, Syd­ney

Cana­di­ans will cel­e­brate the ninth an­nual Sex­ual and Re­pro­duc­tive Health Day on Fri­day. Sex­ual health is part of over­all health through­out life.

Peo­ple across the na­tion are en­cour­aged to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own sex­ual health, to talk about healthy de­ci­sion-mak­ing with the peo­ple they care about, and to be­come bet­ter in­formed on safer sex prac­tices.

Con­sider start­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with fam­ily or friends this week. If you don’t know what to say, try th­ese top­ics as con­ver­sa­tion starters: • Emer­gency con­tra­cep­tion can legally be sold from phar­macy shelves along­side con­doms but usu­ally isn’t. • Some par­ents are still telling stork sto­ries. • Older adults are re­main­ing sexu- ally ac­tive. How­ever, when com­pared with their younger coun­ter­parts, fewer older adults get tested for HIV or use con­doms. • Every­one has a sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion. Sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion is your feel­ings of at­trac­tion to­wards oth­ers.

Sex­ual and Re­pro­duc­tive Health Day is also an ex­cel­lent time to cel­e­brate our com­mu­ni­ties’ ef­forts to sup­port, pro­tect and en­hance youth sex­ual health and sex­ual and re­pro­duc­tive health across the life­span. Happy SRH Day!

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