History Of World Sexual Health Day

History Of World Sexual Health Day

Sure, World Sexual Health Day has its own history.

Let's talk about it! This was the slogan for World Sexual Health Day 2010, which aimed to break down fears and taboos surrounding sexuality. World Sexual Health Day has its history - in 2010 WAS called all their organisations to celebrate on September 4th "to promote greater social awareness of sexual health across the globe". The first WSHD had this catchy slogan that sought to start more open conversations around sex.

To celebrate World Sexual Health Day, 60 countries have hosted a wide range of activities such as Round Tables of Discussion to Conferences and Art Exhibitions. Country organisers took these events to schools, universities, libraries, media outlets, hospitals, public squares, art halls theatres etc. With WSHD 2018 being focused on mental health & wellbeing WAS wants the discussion around sexual health issues to take place everywhere! Some previous topics from past years include:

The goal of World Sexual Health Day is to inform people about sexual rights. This year’s theme, “Turn it on: Sexual health in a digital world” aims to inspire awareness for the need to protect these rights while also recognizing violations and harms that happen online.

Here are past themes used by this organisation with similar goals:

  • 2020 “Sexual Pleasure in Times of COVID-19”
  • 2019 “Sexuality Education for all: a bridge to sexual health”
  • 2018 “Sexual Health and Sexual Rights are FUNDAMENTAL for well-being – Celebrating 40 years of the World Association for Sexual Health”
  • 2017 “Love, bonding and intimacy, a possibility for all”
  • 2016 “Sexual Health: Eliminating the Myths”
  • 2015 “Sexual Health for a fairer society”
  • 2014 “Sexual health: The well-being of sexuality”
  • 2013 “To achieve sexual health, picture yourself owning your sexual rights!”
  • 2012 “In a diverse world, sexual health for all!”
  • 2011 “Youth’s sexual health: Shared rights and responsibilities.”
  • 2010 “Let’s talk about it!”

World Sexual Health Day encourages people to talk about their sexual health and rights. On this day, we encourage you to get the facts on gender-based violence that impacts women's lives around the world.

The power dynamics between men and women can make these conversations contentious - but no conversation is complete without talking about it!

Millions of women and girls around the world are subjected to physical violence or sexual assault, an experience that denies them their right to health. The statistics from WAS show this impact in stark numbers: 1/3rd of all women will be physically assaulted at some point throughout their lifetime; 7% have been sexually coerced while 3-4 million suffer female genital mutilation every year with many more experiencing it prior without reporting against cultural beliefs.


In many developing countries, there are 214 million women of reproductive age who want to avoid pregnancy but do not use modern contraceptives. Emergency contraception can prevent over 95% of pregnancies when taken within five days after intercourse and is an underutilized resource in several areas around the world.

Pregnancy And Abortion

In developing countries, 830 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Around 7 million are admitted into hospitals per year due to unsafe abortion. 

Complications during pregnancy and child birth is the leading cause of death for 15-19 year old girls globally with approximately 16 million giving births each year in developing nations. Approximately 3.9 million undergo unsafe abortions yearly which can lead to lifelong consequences at a young age ranging anywhere between social stigma or even physical impairment as well as psychological distress. Some may not even be able to live normal lives after undergoing an ordeal like this at such a young age.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Every day, there are more than 1 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) worldwide. These include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and trichomoniasis—which together affect 357 million people a year.


In 2017, 940, 000 people died from HIV-related causes. In the same year there were 36.9 million people that were living with HIV and 1.8 million new cases of infection worldwide due to this disease/virus.

One of the reasons World Sexual Health awareness day exists in order to raise global consciousness about the importance of safe sex practices which can help prevent contracting or spreading AIDS and HIV.

Final Thoughts

As we can see, sexual health is a major concern globally and we can all do our bit. For example, the use of condoms helps to reduce unwanted pregnancy which in turn reduces the risk of women dying either from complications due to childbirth or from unsafe abortions. Condoms also help to prevent STI’s which goes a long way to maintaining your sexual health.

If you are looking for ways to improve your sexual health, then please feel free to drop into one of our stores or call us today on 1800 666 069. We are always here to help!

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