Early Adulthood Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

Sexual health

In the borough of Rochdale, the Chlamydia detection rate per 100,000 people aged 15–24 in 2021 was 1,285 which is below the England rate of 1,334 (Office for Health Improvement & Disparities 2021).

What does good sexual health look like?

Good sexual health is an important and integral part of our overall health and wellbeing. Achieving good sexual health means that we avoid infections, illnesses and take responsibility to ensure that we protect ourselves and others, emotionally and physically.

People who are sexually healthy make the best decisions for themselves with regard to their sexual partners and sexual practice. For people who choose to be sexually active, sex can be enjoyable, safe and should be based on mutual respect and agreement.

Common sexual health issues in young people

Sexual health is important especially in younger people who may have more sexual partners. Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed bacterial sexually transmitted infection in England, with rates substantially higher in young adults than any other age group. It often goes undiagnosed and causes avoidable sexual and reproductive ill-health.

An increased detection rate is indicative of increased infection control activity. Chlamydia is treatable and the cure rate is high, so finding and treating Chlamydia is the aim.

Statistics on sexual health

Guidance and information on sexual health

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