Five Action Steps to Good Sexual Health

About Us

What is the NCSH?

The National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH), managed by Altarum, is a thriving coalition with over 100 members working together to improve the sexual health of Americans nationwide. The NCSH aims to make sexual health a common part of our national discourse and to promote high quality sexual health information and health services. The coalition believes that the benefits of good sexual health go well beyond disease prevention. Being sexually healthy means being able to enjoy a healthier body, a satisfying sexual life, positive relationships, and peace of mind.

What’s on this Site?

To motivate and equip the public to protect and improve their sexual health, the NCSH created and pre-tested the Five Action Steps to Good Sexual Health, which are:

  1. Value who you are and decide what’s right for you
  2. Get smart about your body and protect it
  3. Treat your partners well and expect them to treat you well
  4. Build positive relationships
  5. Make sexual health part of your health care routine. 

This site features the benefits of taking each step, practical tips and advice, and links to high quality resources. The Five Action Steps were developed with the assistance of the Communications Action Group of the National Coalition for Sexual Health. To learn more about the Coalition, visit

Suggested citation

National Coalition for Sexual Health. Five Action Steps to Good Sexual Health. Washington, DC: Altarum; 2018.

The Five Action Steps to Good Sexual Health are supported by cooperative agreement number 1NH25PS005111-01-00 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Contents are solely the responsibility of Altarum and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.