About ASHA

Our mission

The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) promotes the sexual health of individuals, families and communities by advocating sound policies and practices and educating the public, professionals and policy makers, in order to foster healthy sexual behaviors and relationships and prevent adverse sexual health outcomes.

ASHA's Legacy

ASHA is America's authority for sexual health information. We are an award-winning and trusted 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has advocated on behalf of those at risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) since 1914. ASHA specializes in communications outreach to the public, patients, press, providers, and policy makers by developing and delivering sensitive health information through many vehicles such as our websites, ashasexualhealth.org, iwannaknow.org (for teens and young adults) and quierosaber.org (in Spanish).

Public and college health clinics across the United States order ASHA's educational pamphlets and books to give to clients and students. Community-based organizations depend on ASHA, too, to help communicate about sexual health information.

We have a long history of delivering the facts, the support, and the resources to answer your questions, find referrals, join support groups, and get access to in-depth information about sexually transmitted infections and sexual health. You can be assured that the information you find on this website is based upon well-researched and documented medical facts.

ASHA Today

ASHA’s work is focused around three important objectives:

  • Educate: Be the source of scientifically-based and accessible information
  • Build Alliances: Collaborate with other organizations to expand the understanding and acceptance of the sexual health model
  • Advocate: Advance supportive changes in sexual health policy

Thousands of individuals turn to ASHA each year looking for information and guidance from a reliable source. Our many websites and publications serve as a critical means of information and support to users around the world who have difficulty accessing clear, non-biased information on sexual and reproductive health. From individuals with questions on sexually transmitted infections, to parents looking for advice on how to talk to their kids about sexual health, to patients looking for support, ASHA is a trusted resource. From the creation of continuing education programs for physicians to the development of resources such as toolkits, videos and apps geared toward providers, ASHA works to ensure that providers can offer the best sexual health care to their patients.

ASHA is a key member of such entities such as the National Sexual Health Coalition, the North American Federation of Sexual Health Organizations, and Cervical Cancer Free America. We also regularly bring together and consult with professionals in the field to promote better understanding and acceptance of the sexual health model. We work in coalition with organizations in family planning, HIV, and women’s health, as well as organizations representing people of color and faith-based groups to keep STIs on the forefront of the policy agenda. ASHA is routinely asked to provide strategy and content advice on sexual health-related issues to a variety of national organizations and also provides leadership on numerous boards and committees.