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The Gold Medal Award 2019

The Gold Medal is the most prestigious honour awarded by the World Association for Sexual Health. A maximum of four medals are awarded at the WAS Biennial Congress.

Nominations may be submitted by anyone experienced in the field and should be supported by two other persons who are known to WAS.

An individual cannot nominate him or herself.

The system is confidential. The person who is being nominated should not be approached for information nor should be advised of her or his nomination at any stage.


The nominator should provide a nomination letter (in English) that includes the following:

  • Name, gender and country of the nominated person.
  • Current, or most recent, position of the nominee, (this may be paid, honorary or voluntary work).
  • A brief review of the nominee’s lifelong achievements in the field.
  • Reasons why the nominee is worthy of the award.

Letters of support (in English) from two other people who are known to WAS and are familiar with the nominee’s achievements.

A copy of the nominee’s Curriculum Vitae (Résumé) with English translations of the titles of papers published.


Documented evidence of lifelong achievement within the field of Sexology.

This encompasses either professional or voluntary work in any area of sexual health, sexuality education, research, counselling, the promotion of sexual rights or any other area pertinent to human sexuality.

The Committee encourages broad representation, inclusive of a variety of disciplines, countries, personal background and gender.

Documents should be submitted electronically to the Chair of the Committee, Julia R. Heiman, PhD:

 CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: March 31st 2018 at 12 noon EDT (US, Canada)

Sexual Health & Sexual Rights For All in Porto


October 13 | 14:00 | Reitoria da UPorto


The WAS – World Association for Sexual Health will host a Public Session on the topic: Sexual Health & Sexual Rights For All

Please register here




  • Maria de Fátima Marinho, Vice-Reitora das Relações Externas e Cultura, UPorto
  • Maria Emília Costa, Presidente do Conselho Científico da FPCEUP


  • Francisco Allen Gomes, Fundador da Sociedade Portuguesa de Sexologia Clínica *
  • António Pacheco Palha, antigo presidente da European Federation of Sexology *


  • Pedro Nobre (Portugal), Presidente da WAS
    World Association for Sexual Health: Mission Statement & Main Goals
  • Esther Corona (México), Vice-Presidente da WAS: Sexual Rights across the World
  • Alain Giami (França), Presidente da Comissão Científica da WAS: Sexual Health across the World
  • Ítor Finotelli (Brasil), Secretário Geral e Tesoureiro da WAS: The Legacy of Sexology



The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) promotes sexual health through the world by developing and supporting sexology and sexual rights for all. Our membership represents more than one hundred organizations from the five continents and thousands of experienced and trainee sexologists from a variety of disciplines.

Sexual health is a central dimension of overall health and wellness and a fundamental area in people’s lives. The concept of sexual health is also closely associated with the idea of sexual rights. Everyone is entitled to have a satisfying sex life, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. The World Association of Sexual Health in its Sexual Rights Declaration(WAS, 2014) emphasizes the idea that sexual rights are essential to the full expression of sexual health and are based on universal human rights.

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The Obituary of Robert Dunlap

Besides Dr. Gindin we are also very sad to report the loss of Dr. Robert Dunlap. Dr. Dunlap was an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator; Board-Certified Clinical Sexologist (ACS) and a long time PHOTO - LEON GINDIN AND ROBERT DUNLAPmember of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, The American College of Sexologists and The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He was a seasoned media expert, with appearances on over 400 commercials, and in print, film and television. He was the co-founder of Sex Coach University, Sexology University and the World Association of Sex Coaches (WASC), where he brought years of media expertise, training acumen and a keen knowledge of sexology. He was also a clinical sexologist, with specialization in BDSM/kink and fetish populations. 

We express our sincere condolences to his family and especially to his life partner Patti Britton who is also an active member of the WAS Advisory Committee.

The Obituary of León Roberto Gindín

On behalf of the Executive Officers of the World Association for Sexual Health, we regret to inform the sad loss of our esteemed colleague and friend León Roberto Gindín. Dr. Gindin was a member of  WAS Executive Committee and President of the Federación Latinoamericana de Sociedades de Sexología y Educación Sexual  (FLASSES). Dr. Gindin passed away in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 23 July while surrounded with loved ones. 

Dr. Gindin was one of the most prominent leaders in the field of Sexology and Sexual Health in Latin America . He was a founding member of FLASSES and an active member of WAS.  We express our most sincere condolences to his family, in particular to his life partner Cristina Fridman who is  also an active member of the WAS Advisory Committee  

León Roberto Gindín 14/3/1938 – 24/7/2017

Born in Buenos Aires, son of Girt and Paulina, brother of Sara and Hector. Husband of Cristina Tania and father of Adrian, Cynthia and Ana Laura.

He graduated as a doctor at the National University of Buenos Aires in 1963, and later specialized in Psychoanalysis at the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association of which he was a member. He practiced psychoanalysis and individual and group psychotherapy until 1980.

León Roberto Gindin developed  medical sexology as a specialty since 1980 when he met Laura Caldiz who was returning to Argentina and  together they founded the CETIS (Center for Education, Therapy and Research in Sexology). Caldiz came with a training in sexology at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality and with Masters and Johnson. Along with CETIS and Laura Caldiz,  Gindin began his  sexological career. He went to study for a few months with Helen Kaplan in New York and joined WAS (World Association of Sexology) attending all the WAS congresses since Jerusalem and was for two periods a member of the Advisory Committee. He attended all congresses of FLASSES since its foundation in Asunción, Paraguay in 1981 and was its current president (2014-2018).

Since 1980 he dedicated himself to full-time sexology through research, teaching and attending events and congresses. He was associate professor of sexuality and health at the University of Belgrano and at the Interamerican Open University (UAI). He was also associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires. He coordinated  training courses of sexologists in CETIS from 1981 to 1999 and since 2005 in the Argentinian  Society of Human Sexuality, SASH, of which he was a founder and its first president. In addition, he created with Cristina Fridman the first  distance learning courses in clinical sexology and sexuality education,   which have trained more than 1000 professionals.

He was a founding member of the International Academy of Medical Sexology  Chair Nº 17.

He published 20 books (The New Male Sexuality, The New  Female Sexuality, Premature Ejaculation, Unconsumated Marriages) and research papers in international and national publications. He was founder and creator of the Sexology journal and the Journal of SASH.