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Invitation to XIX Latin American Congress of Sexology and Sexual Education

30 years after “1988 – 2018” from IV to XIX CLASES reissuing a wonderful experience in Buenos Aires

In Honor of Dr. León Roberto Gindin

The Argentine Society of Human Sexuality (SASH-ARG) invites you to participate in the XIX Latin American Congress of Sexology and Sexual Education, whose motto is “Eroticism and Sexuality: Challenges in the clinic and education” to be held in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires – Argentina on September 26, 27, 28 and 29, 2018.

Together with us, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and with the support of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, will offer us its full support and facilities for the realization of the same.

Renowned sexologists from: Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile; Paraguay. Portugal, Puerto Rico, Republican Dominican, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, México, Spain, as well as from our provinces from Argentina, belonging to societies such as FLASSES, WAS. SLAMS, AISM, will be speakers and members of the Scientific Committee at this congress. This makes us feel that we are on the right path of plurality, diversity and federalism, articulating Sex Education, Clinical Sexology and Social Sexology, which are the challenges of the 21st century.

Our challenge for 2018 is to achieve the interaction of all disciplines that make up sexology, as well as to deepen strategies and tools in the development of therapies and especially preventive measures to live a full sexuality. Enjoying sexuality is fundamental to achieving an optimal quality of life and developing as a happy and successful individual in our society. That is why studies and progress in this area are important.

Sexology is a branch of the sciences referring to the interdisciplinary human body, since it deals with the neurosciences in their physiology and physiopathology, as well as psychology, sociology and human relations.

To hold international meetings with top-level professionals dedicated to the study and research of these subjects is to have a space for the exchange and growth of sexology and related disciplines.

The dissemination of sexual rights and sexual physiology is essential, as is the training of non-specialist professionals in this field, since it covers all medical, psychological and pedagogical specialties.

The opening phrase belongs to Dr. Leon Roberto Gindin (1938-2017) who as President of Latin American Federation of Sexology and Sex Education Societies (FLASSES) and Founder of Argentine Society of Human Sexuality (SASH-ARG). He dreamed of this meeting occurring again in Buenos Aires, and came to realize its success. It will be a tribute to his undoubted contribution to sexual knowledge and its dissemination.

Finally, we invite you accompanied by Dr. Rafael García Alvarez – as current president of FLASSES –  to participate as listeners, as well as to present your experience in the form of conferences and works, to make new friends, to establish social and scientific networks between remote or nearby regions and, fundamentally, to enjoy the pleasure of being able to celebrate a new congress.

Each participant is the maker of this encounter, and those who act as members of the national and international scientific committees optimize the opportunities for relationships with colleagues in sexology, ensuring opportunities for updating knowledge and multidisciplinary developments in a mythical city – as Jorge Luis Borges says:

 “I am told that Buenos Aires began: I judge it as eternal as water and air.”

WELCOME, we look forward to welcoming you with open arms on behalf of all colleagues working in this organization.

Silvina Valente
President of the XIX Latin American Congress of Sexology and Sexual Education

Cristina Tania Fridman
President of the Scientific Committee of the XIX Latin American Congress of Sexology and Sexual Education




  • Basic and biomedical research (basic/neurophysiological/pharmacological/clinical processes);
  • Historical/social/behavioral (non-clinical) research;
  • Sexual Practices and Therapies;
  • Public Health/ Public Policy/ Epidemiology;
  • Sexual Health and Rights;
  • Sexual Education.


  • 40 years of WAS;
  • Addictions, Habits and Sexuality;
  • Medical conditions and sexuality;
  • Out of control sexual behaviors;
  • Sexual Classifications and Nomenclatures Criteria – DSM V and ICD 11;
  • Body and sexuality/surgery; body modifications;
  • Culture and Sexuality;
  • Reproductive rights – Hormones, contraception – Fertility – pregnancy
  • Sexual rights;
  • Dimensions of sexuality Power, Class, Gender, Ethnicity;
  • Disabilities and Sexualities;
  • Ages and Sexuality/ Sexuality in the life cycle;
  • Sex Education and Sexuality Domains;
  • Eroticism: autoeroticism, public expressions, Commercialization;
  • Ethics and sexuality;
  • Pharmacology and Sexuality;
  • Gender and Sexual Identities;
  • Genetics and Epigenetics;
  • Marginal/ minority groups;
  • History and sexuality
  • Ideologies – Differences/Diversities;
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections;
  • Research and sexuality;
  • Oncology and sexuality;
  • Pleasure and Well-being;
  • Evolutionary Psychology, Sexual Development and Sexuality;
  • Religions and Sexuality;
  • Sexual health. Programs
  • Clinical Sexology and Sexual Behavior;
  • Sexuality in the media, networks and Internet;
  • Sexuality and art;
  • Sexuality and Politics. Regulations – Public policies – legislation;
  • Technology – sexuality – robotics;
  • Variations of erotic practices;
  • Bonding, Sexualities, Relationships;
  • Violence and Sexuality / abuse, rape, abduction, femicide;
  • Overview of sexuality;
  • Others.


  • Faculty of Medicine of Buenos Aires, Argentina;
  • Argentine Association of Anxiety Disorders (AATA);
  • Argentine Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics Societies (FASGO);
  • Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Province of Buenos Aires (SOGBA);
  • Argentine Association of Sexology and Sex Education (AASES);
  • Institute of Psychocardiology;
  • Argentine Society of Urology (UAA);
  • Latin American Society of Sexual Medicine (SLAMS);
  • Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (SOGIBA);
  • Mental Health Forum Foundation;
  • National Cancer Institute from Argentina.


FROM 01/04/2018 TO 24/09/2018
(*) The amounts expressed in pesos may vary according to the dollar rate.

  • Foreign University Professionals (4)
    (Values expressed in United States dollars)
    USD 300.-
  • Students (1) – Teachers (2) – Residents (3)
    $ 2.900.- (*)
  • Argentine University Professionals
    $ 4.500.- (*)
  • SASH Partners

In the congress the registrations have the following monetary values
(*) The amounts expressed in pesos may vary according to the dollar rate.

  • Foreign University Professionals (4)
    (Values expressed in United States dollars)
    USD 350.-
  • Students (1) – Teachers (2) – Residents (3)
    $ 4.200.- (*)
  • Argentine University Professionals
    $ 5.500.- (*)
  • SASH Partners
    $ 4.500.- (*)

WAS statement about limitations of abortion rights in Poland


WAS statement about limitations of abortion rights in Poland

4th April 2018

Alarming news reports are coming from Poland this week about the right and access to abortion. Right to abortion is being challenged at the national Parliament. At the initiative of the Catholic Church, the Members of Parliament are asked to discuss and vote a new bill that will restrict and prohibit the already limited situations for which abortion is authorized in Poland. The procedure is authorized only if the life of the fetus is at risk or if there is a grave threat to the health of the mother or the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. This is one of the most limiting abortion laws in Europe. In Poland abortion was legalized in 1956, and until 1993, Poland had one of the most liberal abortion laws in Europe. It is estimated that at least one in four Polish women have had an abortion.

Members of Parliament from the governing Law and Justice Party are making a renewed attempt to outlaw these laws, even when there are negative prognoses for the fetus. The latest legislation project would allow procedures in cases where the mother’s life is at risk or the pregnancy resulted from a crime, but would ban abortions of fetuses with congenital disorders. This new attack would be in contradiction with Poland’s obligations under international human rights law. On Friday March 23rd thousands of women and men demonstrated against this restrictive proposal.

The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) denounces the attacks against women’s rights and reaffirms its support for the sexual and reproductive rights of women. Article 12 of the WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights (2014) states that everyone has the right to make reproductive decisions on their own terms, and this right includes unobstructed access to sexual health services, including safe abortions.

Beyond the clear violation of human rights recognized by international statutes concerning sexual and reproductive health and rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, WAS considers that obstacles to safe abortion will result in an increase of illegal and unsafe abortions, causing serious harm to women. Unsafe abortion is one of the major causes of maternal mortality in many countries.

WAS is an international organization, with more than one hundred member organizations across the globe, that promotes and advocates for sexual health and sexual rights throughout the lifespan and across the world by advancing sexuality research, comprehensive sexuality education, and clinical care and services for everyone.


Last Call – The Gold Medal Award 2019

The deadline for nominations for the most prestigious award given by WAS, the WAS Gold Medal Award, has been extended to April 30, 2018. Instructions on qualifications and rules for submitting candidates can be found here: and in addition, past Gold Medal Awardees can be found here:

We welcome and encourage the nomination of strong candidates, worldwide, with documented evidence of lifelong achievement within the field of Sexology. You may contact the Gold Medal Committee chair, Julia Heiman, PhD at the if you have further questions.

CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: April 30th 2018 at 12 noon EDT (US, Canada)