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Who We Are

Our mission

The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) empowers individuals, families, and communities to achieve sexually healthy lives through education and advocacy.

Our Vision and Values

The American Sexual Health Association envisions a world where sexual and reproductive health and rights are universally recognized, and where comprehensive sexual health information and services are accessible and available to all, free from coercion, violence, and discrimination across the lifespan.

ASHA believes that all people have the right to the information and services that will help them to have optimum sexual health. We envision a time when stigma is no longer associated with sexual health and our nation is united in its belief that sexuality is a normal, healthy, and positive aspect of human life.

Our History

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 was founded as the American Social Hygiene Association in 1914 by a group of public health reformers committed to attacking an undesirable social condition–venereal disease, or VD–that they believed could be improved through medical and educational means. The shame and reluctance to talk about sexuality was now weakened enough so that the public was at least generally aware of the dangers posed by VD. This was the first social marketing effort to mix physical and moral fitness for prevention of VD.

ASHA Today

ASHA specializes in communications outreach to the public, patients, press, providers, and policy makers by developing and delivering sensitive health information.

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.

To learn more about ASHA today, check out our What We Do page.

ASHA Financial Reports

Audited Financial Statements and IRS Form 990

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Board of Directors

Eric R. Wright, PhD | Chair
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA

Keith Walsh | Immediate Past Chair
BioScience Communications
New York, NY

Asa Radix, MD | Vice Chair
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
New York, NY

Missy Orr | Secretary/ Treasurer
PPD
Morrisville, NC

Michael Ross, MD, PhD, MPH, MHPEd, MSt
University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Minneapolis, MN

Maria Trent, MD, MPH
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Noor Abualnadi, MD
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, NC

Pedro Botti Carneiro
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
New York, NY

Eric Garges, MD, MPH
Uniformed Services University
Bethesda, Maryland

Lynn Barclay
President and CEO

ASHA Executive Staff

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