September is World Sexual Health Month Take Control of Your Sexual Health

September is observed as World Sexual Health Month. This global health awareness campaign is sponsored by the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) and seeks to “assess our level of sexual health and to clear up any gaps in our knowledge.” In 2010, the first World Sexual Health Day was celebrated on September 4 and continues to be observed on that day during the now month-long recognition.

Modern sexual health has been studied since 1947 when Alfred Kinsey opened the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. In 1966, Masters and Johnson’s “Human Sexuality” was published, followed by “Human Sexual Inadequacy” in 1970. These pioneering researchers paved the way for much of our understanding of human sexuality and its importance to our overall well-being.

During this month, the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) is sending the message that “sexual health must go beyond traditional views of simply avoiding disease or unplanned pregnancy and should include experiencing pleasure and intimacy when desired along with respecting the sexual rights we all share.”

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