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. ASHA testifies before Congress, as it continues to do today, to urge adequate federal appropriations for VD control.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. D., who joined after attending to a young woman who had died of acute gonorrheal peritonitis just months after her marriage to a man whose friends had put him to bed with a prostitute at his bachelor party. Eliot, President Emeritus, Harvard University, Jane Addams, Hull House, Chicago, Martha P. 1959: ASHA changes its name to the American Social Health Association.We have a long history of delivering the facts, the support, and the resources to answer your questions, find referrals, join support groups, and get access to in-depth information about sexually transmitted infections and sexual health.
She currently manages ASHA’s office in Washington, DC, where she advocates on behalf of ASHA before legislative, administrative and private agencies on issues related to the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and access to comprehensive sexual health information.Our mission The American Sexual Health Association promotes the sexual health of individuals, families and communities by advocating sound policies and practices and educating the public, professionals and policy makers, in order to foster healthy sexual behaviors and relationships and prevent adverse health outcomes.Our Vision and Values The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) 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’s History Linnea Anderson Read about ASHA’s early history in this article from Linnea Anderson, archivist at the Social Welfare History Archives at the University of Minnesota. 1927: ASHA establishes the Valentine’s Day Committee to promote sexual responsibility.The essay is published in Creating a Sexually Healthy Nation. 1937: ASHA collaborates with the Federal Council of Churches and the National Congress of Parents and Teachers to promote sex education programs. Public Health Service, and the military agree to coordinate efforts to control venereal diseases in the event of war.