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Dear colleagues, In these very difficult and trying times due to the COVID 19 pandemic I would like to share with all a message of solidarity and hope. In fact we are living an extraordinary challenge that threatens our health systems at the global level and also our way of life. An increasing number of countries from all continents are now living in exceptional or emergency state with several limitations to basic individual rights (mandatory confinement) and with a significant risk of collapse from national health systems and economic and social institutions endangering two of the most basic human rights – the (more…)

Call For Expressions of Interest, Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health, 2023

The World Association for Sexual Health is calling for expressions of interest for organizing and hosting the 2023 Congresses of the World Association for Sexual Health. Requirements are listed below.  SCIENTIFIC ASPECTS A recognized local active community/society/institution, WAS member in the field of sexual health and sexual rights with at least one member based in the proposed city is a necessary. In addition, it is necessary that the entity present a history list of scientific events held by them. CITY Well organized and supportive convention bureau; Support from city authorities, convention bureau; Easy accessibility for international participants (international airport and other means (more…)

The Gold Medal Award 2021

The Gold Medal is the most prestigious honour awarded by the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). A maximum of five medals are awarded at the WAS Biennial Congress. Nominations may be submitted by anyone experienced in the field and should be supported by two other persons who are known to WAS. An individual cannot nominate themself. The system is confidential. The person who is being nominated should not be approached for information nor should be advised of their nomination at any stage. PREPARATION OF THE NOMINATION PROPOSAL The nominator should provide a nomination letter (in English) that includes the (more…)

Declaration on Sexual Pleasure

Mexico City World Congress of Sexual HealthDECLARATION ON SEXUAL PLEASURE Mexico City, October 15, 2019 The participants of the 24th World Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health: RECOGNIZE that: Sexual pleasure is the physical and/or psychological satisfaction and enjoyment derived from shared or solitary erotic experiences, including thoughts, fantasies, dreams, emotions, and feelings. Self-determination, consent, safety, privacy, confidence and the ability to communicate and negotiate sexual relations are key enabling factors for pleasure to contribute to sexual health and well-being. Sexual pleasure should be exercised within the context of sexual rights, particularly the rights to equality and non-discrimination, (more…)