Often people find it difficult to talk about sexual issues. It can be embarrassing and in many places it is culturally taboo. God created sex as a good gift for men and women to enjoy. Yet harmful attitudes and lack of information about sexual issues contribute to so much suffering and death across the world, including the spread of HIV. We cannot afford to stay silent. I hope this Footsteps will help open up discussion of this vital topic.

Sexual health is not just about physical health, it involves social, spiritual, cultural, legal, medical and psychological issues. These include sexual desire, human rights, gender equality, and reducing stigma and sexual violence.

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  • Bible study: Sexual health

    by Dr Jorge Patpatian. Read Genesis 1:27-2:25.   Sex is often a taboo subject, surrounded by silence and denial. As Christians we should ask ourselves: ‘What is God’s plan for human sexuality?’ The Bible is not silent on the topic of sex, but rather points out some important aspects of the issue:

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  • Discussing condoms

    The issue of condom use can be controversial and difficult to discuss. Condoms are often wrongly associated only with promiscuity or sex work, so using condoms carries stigma. Christians should value life and reflect God’s love and care for all people. Sharing information about appropriate condom use can help save lives. Condom use is recommended to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, if either partner may be at risk.

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  • Human trafficking

    by Graeme Hodge.   Human trafficking is the illegal trade in human life that enslaves over two million people every year. Half of these are children. In China, as in many other countries, many women and girls are transported abroad by traffickers and sold into sexual slavery.

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  • Letters

    Moringa I want to tell you about moringa, a wonderful tree I came across in Tanzania. It is an injustice that many people don’t know about the gift from God growing in their home areas! Moringa is a droughtresistant plant and so nutritious that it could certainly help towards resolving problems such as deficiencies of vitamin A, iron and protein. Moringa can be used to help improve the quality of water for drinking, and in traditional medicines.

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  • Resources

    Compassionate Community Work by Dave Andrews. This is an easy-to-use introductory course book on Christian community development work. It is designed for training community workers, church leaders, teachers and students, and can be used as a group resource or for self-study. It is practical and full of useful tasks and exercises. It costs £14.99 (US $24.99)

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  • Re-training nurses to provide healthcare for women

    by Dr Ann Thyle.   In India, more women die of complications during pregnancy and childbirth than from any other cause. Nearly all these deaths are preventable. Many health problems during pregnancy are not recognised or treated because of poor access to healthcare.

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  • Saving lives

    by Revd Ayano Chule Deyabo.   In some countries in sub-Saharan Africa, one out of ten adults is already living with HIV. This means that in most churches in these countries, there will be some people who have the virus.

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  • Self-esteem

    by Phil Hoyle.   Oasis Esteem is a Christian sex and relationships education programme run throughout the UK by the charity Oasis Trust. Oasis Esteem provides resources and training for volunteers to go into secondary schools and youth work settings and to run classes educating young people about sex and relationships.

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  • Sexually transmitted infections

    Diseases and infections are passed on in different ways. Many, such as colds, influenza or tuberculosis, are passed to other people through the air when infected people sneeze or cough. Some, such as malaria, are passed on to others by mosquitoes. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can only be passed on through sexual relationships. Because of this, people find them very embarrassing to deal with. Often they do not want to seek healthcare and so they suffer in silence.

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  • Talking with young people

    by Isabel Carter.   Young people need a ‘safe’ place to discuss challenging issues. Sometimes they ask teachers or parents. Usually they simply talk to each other, which often spreads wrong information and rumours.

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