World Association For Sexual Health
Federación Mexicana de Educación Sexual y Sexología A. C.

Call for Abstracts

The Scientific Committee of the World Association of Sexual Health (WAS) invites all participants to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations at the 24th Congress of WAS, which will take place in Mexico City, October 12–15, 2019. Presenters may indicate their preference for oral or poster presentation and the abstract can be submitted in English or Spanish/Portuguese. Abstracts can only be submitted electronically.

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 15, 2019 April 1, 2019

Accepted abstracts will be published in the Abstract Book (digital format) only if registration and payment of registration fee have been received.

Please submit your abstract via this online form

Abstract submission guidelines for moderated poster and oral presentations (podium sessions)

Please follow the submission guidelines carefully. Abstracts that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered. Corrected abstracts cannot be accepted.

Authors will be informed of the acceptance of their abstracts by May 3, 2019.

Submitted abstracts will be evaluated on scientific merit and originality by the International Scientific Committee. Abstracts must be written in English, Spanish or Portuguese and, if accepted, the presentations will also be in English, Spanish or Portuguese (there will be no simultaneous translation from and to English except during Plenary Sessions). The WAS Scientific Committee will decide on the final format (poster or oral) of the presentation. The maximum number of abstracts allowed to be submitted as the primary/presenting author is three. Accepted abstracts will be assigned for presentation at a podium session or a moderated poster session by the WAS scientific Committee. High quality abstracts in select categories may be chosen for presentation in a Symposium Session. Abstracts not selected for Podium or Moderated Poster Sessions will be considered for presentation as a regular poster. Please check the box if you do NOT wish your abstract to be considered for this option.

Preparation of Abstracts


Abstracts are limited to 300 words. The abstract title, names of authors and affiliations are not included in the word count. Please do not submit any tables or figures in the abstract.


The title should clearly describe the topic and contain no abbreviations. The title should be as succinct as possible, preferably no longer than 10 words.


All author names should be included. List the primary author's full name, followed by the other authors' names. Spell out completely the names of all authors using full first name, middle/initial and last name (maintain consistency in authors' names on multiple abstracts to avoid duplication in the Author Index). Authors' affiliations should be indicated by numbered superscripts with the name of the respective institution(s), city, and country typed in upper and lower case and single-spaced without using full-stops.

Presenting Author

If the author(s) of the abstract is an employee(s) of or has a financial relationship with the commercial interest which controls the content of the presentation, then he/she cannot be the presenting author. However, principal investigators responsible for research and development are permitted to present as long as they resolve their COI and as long as they are not employees of the commercial interest. In all printed publications the name of the presenting author will be underscored. Please note: As of August 1, 2019 no changes to the Presenting Author will be made in the Program/Abstract Publication.

Body of Abstract

Abstracts must be submitted using one of the following formats:

Quantitative Research Studies
• Introduction & objectives
• Method(s) & Sample
• Results
• Conclusion & recommendations

Qualitative Research Studies
• Introduction & objectives
• Method(s) & Sample
• Findings & discussion
• Recommendations

Educational Experiences
• Introduction & rationale
• Project / Population and settings
• Outcome
• Discussion & recommendations

• Introduction & rationale
• Action and Population group concerned
• Outcome
• Discussion & recommendations

Historical Studies
• Introduction & objectives
• Approach
• Sources
• Findings & discussions

The authors are fully responsible for the quality and styling of the abstract contents. Please type the abstract single-spaced with no indentations, starting each paragraph on a new line. Do not include non-standard symbols, as they will not be recognized and may be displayed wrongly.

  • The inclusion of results, or perspectives or new hypotheses is necessary to the reviewers.
  • Standard abbreviations may be used but should be spelled out the first time and followed by the introduction of the abbreviation between parentheses.
  • Proprietary names of drugs are allowed only with the symbol ™; generic and molecule names should be used preferably.

Source of Funding

The source of grant support must be indicated. If there is no support, “None” must be listed. This is a required field in the submission process.

Abstracts deemed to be submitted for marketing purposes only will not be accepted.

Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Statement

Any potential conflict of interest must be disclosed. The submission process will not allow abstracts to be submitted without this information being completed for each author listed on the abstract.

Category List

Authors must select a suitable track and area (only one) from the provided list below.

Abstract category listing

  1. Sexual Rights & Ethics
  2. Social & Behavioral Sciences
  3. Clinical Sciences & Therapy
  4. Basic Science
  5. Sexual Medicine
  6. Public Health and Public policies
  7. Education
  1. Aging and sexuality
  2. Sexual child abuse
  3. Sexual development
  4. Chronic disease and sexuality
  5. Collective sex (swinging, back-rooms, etc.)
  6. Commercial sex work
  7. Sexual psychophysiology and anatomy
  8. Erotic art  
  9. Sexual fantasies and imagery
  10. Genital Mutilation 
  11. Sexual disorders and dysfunction
  12. Gender and sexuality 
  13. Nursing/midwifery/health professions and sexuality
  14. Sex and medicine
  15. Sexually transmitted infections
  16. Hypersexuality 
  17. Drug use and sexuality
  18. Law, ethics, and sexuality
  19. LGBTQAI identities
  20. Female sexuality
  21. Male sexuality
  22. Sex, couple, and marital therapy
  23. Mental disorders/psychiatry and sexuality
  24. Minorities and marginalized groups
  25. Paraphilias
  26. Disabilities and sexuality
  27. Pornography
  28. The Internet, social media, and sexuality
  29. Professional training
  30. Standards of care
  31. Race/ethnicity and sexuality
  32. Religion and spirituality
  33. Reproductive health (pregnancy, contraception, and sexuality)
  34. Sex and relationships
  35. Romantic love
  36. Sexual satisfaction and well-being
  37. Sexual violence
  38. Sexuality in institutions (mental, educational, hospitals, prisons, etc.)
  39. Stress, depression, and sexuality
  40. Sexual behavior, attitudes, and beliefs
  41. The biology and genetics of sex
  42. Transgender, trans-identities, gender dysphoria & incongruence
  43. Youth, adolescence, and sexuality
  44. Sexual pleasure and wellbeing
  45. Human and sexual rights
  46. History of sexuality/sexology
  47. Other


Authors must provide up to 3 keywords that best describes the subject of the abstract.

Please do not submit the same abstract more than once. If changes to your already submitted abstract are necessary or in case of problems encountered during the process of submission, please contact us by email ( at any time before the deadline.

Note to All Presenters

The Scientific Committee reserves the right to amend or change any part of the submission guidelines without prior notice.



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