Our work at ASHA will always focus on sexually transmitted infections, or STIs. Prevention, testing, treatment. Education, advocacy, outreach. All that plus support when it’s needed most: our commitment here is resolute.
We believe we can do a better job with that core mission. While tempting to place them in a specific, narrow compartment, the reality is STIs overlap with a much broader sexual health agenda that includes reproductive health, self-image, and healthy relationships. Social factors are important, too: from economics to public policy (the poor and the young are among the most vulnerable, for example), we could list countless examples of how STIs co-exist in a world that goes far beyond “What are the symptoms of _______?”
So, all that’s to say that ASHA is pleased as punch to be the newest member of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS), an international outfit that focuses on the promotion of sexual health across the lifespan. Whether an awkward teen coming to grips with the first stirrings of sexual identity or a senior who rightly insists of prolonging their sexual vitality through the golden years, WAS advances research, networking, and education to address it all.
Of course, ASHA has been rolling out sexual health resources for a while now, and we invite you to take a look at some items on our menu:
--Fred Wyand (aka Fredo)
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