The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) was founded in 1978 by a multidisciplinary, worldwide group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with the aim of promoting sexual health and sexual rights throughout the world. The association was formerly named the World Association for Sexology.

Since founding, WAS has accomplished its aims through the advancement and exchange of scientifically-based multidisciplinary sexuality research, sexuality education, health promotion, and behavioral and clinical sexology. One important milestone has been the creation of the Declaration of Sexual Rights in Hong Kong 1999.

More recently, the WAS constituency has become involved in advocating for changes in public policy to recognize sexual health and rights as key ingredients in overall health and social justice. Financial support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments has sustained this work in projects around the world.

Congresses of the World Association for Sexual Health

Date City Country
2021 Cape Town South Africa
2019 Mexico City Mexico
2017 Prague Czech Republic
2015 Singapore Singapore
2013 Porto Alegre Brazil
2011 Glasgow United Kingdom
2009 Gothenburg Sweden
2007 Sydney Australia
2005 Montreal Canada
2003 Havana Cuba
2001 Paris France
1999 Hong Kong China , Hong Kong, SAR
1997 Valencia Spain
1995 Yokohama Japan
1993 Rio de Janeiro Brazil
1991 Amsterdam Netherlands
1989 Caracas Venezuela
1987 Heidelberg Germany
1985 New Delhi India
1983 Washington United States
1981 Jerusalem Israel
1979 Mexico City Mexico
1978 Rome Italy
1976 Montreal Canada
1974 Paris France

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