WAS 2017 Awards

10 best abstracts

10 best abstracts were awarded during the WAS 2017 Congress in Prague

Nicoletta Cera

Dynamics of the Inhibition of Genital Response in Psychogenic Erectile Dysfunction

Richard de Visser

Evolutionary and social cognitive models of jealousy: a population-representative study

Faysal El Kak Lebanon

Female survivors of sexual abuse: Do they differ in sexual behavior, attitudes, and perceptions towards sexuality? Findings from a cross-sectional survey conducted among university students in Lebanon

Roman Chmel

Moderated Poster Sexual Life of Women with Rokitansky Syndrome after Laparoscopic Vecchietti’s Vaginoplasty

Robyn Jackowich

Is persistent genital arousal disorder a subtype of vulvodynia? Examining women’s self-reported symptom characteristics and medical histories.

Lucie Krejčová

Pornography consumption in women and its association with sexual desire and sexual satisfaction

Nicholas Metheny

Focusing on the Positive: How Resilience Shapes Risk for Sexual Intimate Partner Violence in 30 Resource-Constrained Countries

Cátia Oliveira Portugal

Psychosocial predictors of sexual self-esteem and sexual satisfaction in women with sexual pain

Hermen Ormel

Global Family Planning Programming: key evaluation findings and recommendations

Sharice Preston

Temporal Trends in HPV Related Knowledge: A Global Systematic Review

Gold medal

The Gold Medal is the most prestigious individual honour of the World Association for Sexual Health. 5 Gold Medal have been given during the opening ceremony at WAS 2017 Congress in Prague.



LGD graduated from Univ. of Gothenburg 1979 and became associate professor 1981. From 1973 LGD initiated and developed a comprehensive course program in sexology tailored especially for various health professionals like physicians, psychologists, midwives, social workers. As a devoted researcher, teacher, therapist and supervisor LGD has made an outstanding contribution to sexual health promotion in Sweden and abroad. In 2000 LGD was awarded The Gothenburg University Pedagogical Prize and 2013 the WAS Gold Medal Award for his lifelong contribution. Congress President of WAS 19th World Congress for Sexual Health, Gothenburg 2009. Full member of IASR, SSSS, AASECT and ISSM.



Dr. Mona Kaidbey is a public health expert with a broad experience in international health and development. She has dedicated her career to improving access to sexual and reproductive health education and services to young people and to the promotion of gender equality. She has been a strong advocate for young people right to health, education and participation. Dr. Kaidbey has recently retired from UNFPA, but she continues to speak and write on issues relating to sexual and reproductive health and sexuality education.



Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale received her PhD in sociology from the University of Calgary in 1989. She is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor. Besides academics, her research partners have included rural communities, ethnic and religious minority communities, grass-roots development organizations, and government ministries. Her research has led to development of programming and strategies deployed over provinces, states, and entire countries addressing sexual transmission of HIV, sexual violence, and legislative and policy changes.



Rafael Mazin, retired staff of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) was until the day he retired the Senior Advisor on HIV/STI and hepatitis of. Dr. Mazin oversaw a PAHO strategy directed to focus prevention and care efforts on the populations and groups at the epicenter of the HIV epidemic in the Region of the Americas. He has coordinated the development of tools for the provision of comprehensive care to gay men and other men who have sex with men and to transgender persons. Also, he promoted actions to eliminate homophobic bullying in schools and health care settings. He fostered a fruitful relationship with WAS and functioned as the focal point for the official interactions between PAHO and WAS.



Jeffrey Weeks is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at London South Bank University. Since the 1970s he has largely focused his research and publications on the history and social organisation of sexuality and intimate life, with pioneering work on LGBT history, the making of sexual identities, sexual theories, sexual regulation, and same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage. His latest monograph, What is Sexual History? was published in 2016.