The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting an integrative approach to sexual health research, education and intervention that addresses the full spectrum, from problematic attitudes and behaviors to the pursuit of fulfillment, freedom and pleasure.
Sexual health is a label commonly used to describe a state of wellbeing in relation to sexuality across the lifespan. It is often considered to have biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual dimensions, and is more than merely the absence of a sexual disease or dysfunction. Sexual health involves managing the benefits, risks, and responsibilities of sexual exploration and play, love and intimacy, pleasure and joy, as well as meaning making and spiritual transcendence.
Sexual health promotes the well-being of individuals and relationships and prevents undue adverse consequences to self and others. This means that sexual health involves a balance between sexual rights and sexual responsibilities. Sexually healthy individuals integrate sexuality in a manner that contributes to the well-being of their lives, while avoiding or reducing harmful consequences for themselves and others.
Sexual health is supported by open, honest, and direct communication about sexuality throughout the lifespan. Sexuality itself includes thoughts, fantasies, desires, attitudes, values, behaviors, roles, and relationships. Therefore, a very important way to improve sexual health is to improve sexual communication.
SASH considers sexual health to be positively affected by a person’s right to self-determination of sexual expression, gender, orientation, reproduction, lifestyle and relationships. Since these important determinations can be a result of many complex factors, it is important that people have access to sufficient information and resources to support this process.
Finally, communities and even nations can be considered sexually healthy only to the extent that they provide support and resources to educate, support and protect the sexual health of their members. SASH is proud to contribute to the advancement of this important aspect of sexual health.