One evening, during the week of the 2001 ISSTDR meeting in Berlin, I met with a couple of colleagues for beers after the day’s proceedings. We lamented the fact that the focus of these types of conferences was always on disease and that a broader sexuality frame work was missing. “It is time to put sex into STD prevention”, one of my colleagues said. The comment was a bit wistful at the time and I don’t think any of us could have foreseen that a decade later our field is expressing so much more interest in sexuality and sexual health.
“In a diverse world, sexual health for all. This theme seems to synthesize the idea of celebrating diversity (including sexual and other diversities) and globalization with sexual health for all.”
--World Association for Sexual Health (WAS)
In prepping for World Sexual Health Month I naturally spent some time on the WAS website, and have been brooding over just what “sexual diversity” really is.
So what’s a sexually diverse world look like?
This September, we have good reason to cheer and celebrate! The third annual World Sexual Health Day is celebrated on September 4th across many countries worldwide under the aegis of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS), a worldwide group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that promotes sexual health and sexual rights for all without discrimination or prejudice. The theme for 2012, “In a diverse world, sexual health for all,” encompasses, in its broad sweep, people of all ages, interests, needs and abilities.