In 2010, the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) called on all its member organizations and all non-governmental organizations to celebrate World Health Day on September 4 in an effort to promote greater social awareness of sexual health throughout the world.

The first World Sexual Health Day was presented with the motto "Let's talk about it!" to begin to break fears and taboos surrounding sexuality. The theme of the DMSS 2010 was addressed in various forums around the world, many of them intergenerational discussions.

World Sexual Health Day 2011 focused on youth. "The sexual health of young people: "Youth's sexual health…shared rights and responsibilities".

The theme of the DMSS was a consequence of the creation of the WAS Youth Initiative and in the context of the International Year of Youth proclaimed by the United Nations.

Within the WAS, the different members of the Advisory Committee and the Youth Initiative Committee celebrated the day by organizing a wide range of activities in their countries of origin, from roundtable discussions to conferences and art exhibitions.

slogans World Sexual Health Day

  • 2021 “Turn it on: Sexual health in a digital world”
  • 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!”