Human Sexuality

Resources & References

Online Courses:
Sexual Issues: Diagnosis and Treatment
Human Sexuality: Advances and Treatment


Organizations: Human Sexuality- General

  • American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists – AASECT members include physicians, nurses, social workers, and other allied health professionals. Their common interest is in promoting understanding of human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior.
  • American Sexual Health Association – ASHA programs include: the ASHA Research Fund, HPV Cervical Cancer Prevention Resource Center, Cervical Cancer Prevention Project,!SALSA! (STDs, Adolescents and Latinos: Sexual Health Awareness), Herpes Resource Center, ASH-Net (Adolescent Sexual Health and the Internet), Herpes Foundation, and Viral Hepatitis Education and Training.
  • American Society of Reproductive Medicine – ASRM is an organization devoted to advancing knowledge and expertise in infertility, reproductive medicine and biology.
  • Association of Reproductive Health Professionals – AHRP is a multidisciplinary association of professionals who provide reproductive health services or education, conduct reproductive health research, or influence reproductive health policy. ARHP fosters research and advocacy to improve reproductive health.
  • The Alan Guttmacher Institute is focused on sexual and reproductive health research, policy analysis and public education. The Institute’s mission is to protect the reproductive choices of all women and men in the United States and throughout the world.
  • The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health is an academic and scientific organization that provides opportunities for communication among scholars, researchers and practitioners about women’s sexual function and experiences, and supports high standards of ethics and professionalism in research, education and clinical practice of women’s sexuality.
  • Kinsey Institute – The Institute’s mission is to promote interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the fields of human sexuality, gender, and reproduction.
  • Marty Klein, Ph.D, Changing the Way People, Politics & the Media Look at Sex
  • NCSF: National Coalition for Sexual Freedom – formed in 1997 by a small group led by Susan Wright under the auspices of the New York SM Activists. The goal was to fight for sexual freedom and privacy rights for all adults who engage in safe, sane and consensual behavior.
  • Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US – SIECUS develops, collects, and disseminates information, and promotes comprehensive education about sexuality. The site Includes sections for policy makers and advocates, for religious institutions, and for parents and older adults.
  • The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health provides information about sex addiction for lay persons as well as clinicians.
  • SSSS: Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality – dedicated to advancing knowledge of sexuality and communicating scientifically-based sexuality research and scholarship to professionals, policy makers, and the general public.
  • The Society for Sex Therapy and Research is composed of a range of professionals who have clinical or research interests in human sexuality. SSTAR aims to facilitate communications among clinicians who treat problems of sexual identity, sexual function, and reproductive life.
  • Woodhull Freedom Foundation – Their mission is to affirm sexual freedom as a fundamental human right.

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Organizations: Human Sexuality- Gender Identity

  • The World Professional Association for Transgender Health – The Association is devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders, and provides opportunities for scientific interchange among professionals through its biennial conferences and publications. It develops and publishes Standards of Care for the treatment of gender identity disorders.
  • International Foundation for Gender Education – IFGE is an advocate and educational organization for promoting the self-definition and free expression of individual gender identity. The site includes links to referrals to surgeons doing transsexual surgery, the Bangkok Gender Reassignment Surgery Center, and Standards of Care for Gender Identity Disorders.
  • Intersex Society of North America – The ISNA’s “Medical Treatment of Intersexuality” page includes recommendations for treatment of intersexed children. The site also contains definitions and guidelines for treating persons with ambiguous genitalia.

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Organizations: Human Sexuality- Sexual Orientation

  • American Academy of Family Physicians’ Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Information – This page contains links to sexual orientation sites for physicians and their patients.
  • Association for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues in Counseling – The mission of the Association for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Issues in Counseling is to educate mental health service providers about issues confronting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) individuals.
  • Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists – The AGLP provides networking and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered psychiatrists, and education and advocacy on GLBT mental health issues.
  • Gay and Lesbian Medical Association – GLMA members include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered physicians, medical students, and other health care professionals, as well as patients throughout North America.
  • National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals – The Association is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of alcoholism, substance abuse, and other addictions in GLBT communities. Information covers the areas of prevention, public policy, advocacy, criminal penalties, treatment issues and programs, and the causes, data, and impact of substance abuse.
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force 2000 Census and Same-Sex Households – The Census 2000 reporting statistics released by the US Census Bureau have continued to show an increase in the number of reported same-sex partner households across the United States. The site includes links to efforts by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to encourage same-sex couples within the GLBT communities to be counted in the US Census.
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues, Division 44, American Psychological Association – Division 44’s goals include: advancing the contribution of psychological research in understanding lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues; promoting the education of psychologists in matters of lesbian, gay, and bisexual concerns; and informing psychologists and the general public of relevant research, educational, and service activities. The site includes a newsletter, Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients, and a list of member’s publications.
  • It Gets Better – TAKE THE PLEDGE: Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbors. I’ll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work. I’ll provide hope for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other bullied teens by letting them know that it gets better.

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Organization: Human Sexuality- Sexual Abuse

  • Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers – ATSA was founded to foster research, further professional education and provide for the advancement of professional standards and practices in the field of sex offender evaluation and treatment. ATSA is focused specifically on the prevention of sexual abuse through effective management of sex offenders.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway – Child Sexual Abuse: Intervention and Treatment Issues – This manual is intended to address the needs of professionals who encounter child sexual abuse in the course of their work. It describes professional practices in sexual abuse and addresses the problems of sexually abused children and their families.

Organizations: Human Sexuality- Sexual and Reproductive Health

  • CDC’s Reproductive Health Information Source – Resources cover: assisted reproductive technology reports; unintended pregnancy; women’s reproductive health; men’s reproductive health; surveillance and research; racial and ethnic minorities; scientific and technical assistance.
  • Consortium for Improvement in Erectile Function – CIEF is a membership organization comprised of multidisciplinary healthcare practitioners who share an interest in developing and participating in a variety of educational and interactive programs designed to enhance the clinical outcomes of erectile dysfunction therapy. The site contains reviews of the current literature and a library of slides and monthly clinical consults.
  • The National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) is a nonprofit organization created in 1994 to improve the lives of individuals affected by vulvodynia, a spectrum of chronic vulvar pain disorders.

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Organizations: Human Sexuality- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

  • AIDSInfo – Links to regional training centers; cultural and gender resources; management of HIV complications; maternal-child transmission; information for exposure to HIV and how to prevent it; and treatment consultation.
  • American Foundation for AIDS Research – AmfAR’s mission is to prevent HIV infection and the disease and death associated with it and to protect the human rights of all people threatened by the epidemic of HIV/AIDS. amfAR has active programs in basic and clinical research, public and professional education, public policy, prevention science, and global initiatives.
  • Center for AIDS Prevention Studies – CAPS conducts interdisciplinary research on methods to prevent HIV infection and its consequences. The site includes a list of current research projects, links to model prevention programs, intervention curricula, and survey instruments.
  • HIV/AIDS Bureau – Health Resources and Services Administration – oversees the CARE Act, which funds primary care and support services for individuals living with HIV who lack health insurance and financial resources for their care. While ambulatory health care and support services are the primary focus of the legislation, training, technical assistance, and demonstration projects are also funded. The site includes Early Intervention Services Grant Guidance; a Clinical Guide on Supportive and Palliative Care for People with HIV/AIDS; and a link to the CARE Act Technical Information & Education Library.
  • HIV/AIDS – National Prevention Information Network – Includes: recent publications about HIV/AIDS prevention; the current state of the epidemic in the US; statistics; CDC guidelines and recommendations for the detection, treatment, and care of HIV/AIDS; program evaluation materials; resources for locating counseling, testing, and referral services; and CDC guidelines for surveillance activities.
  • HIV InSite – Medical Issues includes information on epidemiology, diagnosis, management, transmission and prevention, treatment resources, antiretroviral management, interactions database treatment guidelines, treatment access & advocacy, patient fact sheets, conference abstracts and summaries, and links to medical newsletters for clinicians.
  • NIH – Division of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome – “Research Resources and Programs” cover AIDS-related data sets; a database for anti-HIV compounds; an HIV / 01 therapeutics database; an HIV sequence database; an HIV molecular immunology database; the NIAID/NCI inter-institute program for development of AIDS-related therapeutics; the NIH AIDS research and reference reagent program; a resource guide for the development of AIDS therapies; and links to reagent programs and repositories. Click on “Resources for Patients, Physicians, and Investigators”
  • STD Prevention – Centers for Disease Control provides national leadership through research, policy development, and support of services to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and their complications. The site contains information on funding, program guidelines, research, surveillance, statistics and treatment guidelines.

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Online Articles

Surrogate Partner Therapy

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The New “I Do” – New Options for Family Structure

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    • The following are journals that are dedicated to research and inquiry of human sexuality and behavior.

  • Archives of Sexual Behavior
  • Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality
  • Contemporary Sexuality
  • Culture, Health & Sexuality
  • Gender & History
  • Gender and Development
  • Gender and Society
  • Gender Issues
  • Gender, Work, and Organization
  • Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy
  • Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services
  • Journal of Homosexuality
  • Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy
  • Journal of Sex Education & Therapy
  • Journal of Sex Research
  • Journal of Women’s Health & Gender-Based Medicine
  • Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Psychology, Evolution & Gender
  • Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity
  • Sexual Science
  • Sexuality & Culture
  • Sexuality and Disability
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Studies in Gender and Sexuality
  • Theology & Sexuality


Other electronic journals:

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Critical Views of Human Sexuality

Dr. Marty Klein

    • on

War on Sex

    and other critical views of modern views of sexuality

Feminist Sex Therapy: A New View of Women’s Sexuality

Feminist Sex Therapy: Organizations

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Feminist Sex Therapy: Online Papers & Resources

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Feminist Sex Therapy: Bibliography

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References on Sexual Issues

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