We have always been passionate about moving the field of sexual medicine forward: developing the next process of care, performing clinical trials on future treatment options, and educating providers and the public on sexual medical issues. Through the various stakeholder societies, the AUA, SMSNA, ISSM, and ISSWSH, we have had the pleasure of seeing the field of sexual medicine grow. Being asked to curate the history museum at the AUA has given us a wonderful opportunity to look back and share some of our favorite parts of the 40-plus year sexual medicine journey. “The Ins and Outs of Sexual Health” has been a genuine labor of love, working with Ron Rabinowitz, Tupper Stevens, and Jennifer Kennedy. We hope you get as much enjoyment out of touring the museum as we have had from building it. The history exhibit has morphed into an occasion to educate AUA attendees on how we got to today in sexual medicine and where we expect to be going tomorrow, all with the unwavering support of the AUA.
The “Ins and Outs of Sexual Health,” clearly a play on words, is literally just that. Did you know that hormones were initially given to men by transplanting the testicles of monkeys? Did you know that the first public display of an intracavernosal injection for pharmacologic erection was a public display at the AUA? Did you know that the approval of sildenafil sparked the study of women’s sexual health as a biopsychosocial field?
We have always worked as a team—often with Irwin in the foreground and Sue in the background—but this project has allowed us to use our strengths to bring you a labor of love to you. Come in, enjoy the museum (Booth #637), and learn something new about men’s sexual health issues, women’s sexual health issues, hormones (well, really testosterone), and regenerative therapies. Go out just a little more knowledgeable about sexual medicine. And maybe a little more passionate about it. After all, sexual health affects people’s overall health. You don’t need to be a specialist to ask about someone’s sexual health—you just need to know there are people out there to whom you can refer your patient, your client, and your friend. Don’t be afraid to ask because you won’t know what to do with the answer.
Visit the museum, check the ins and outs, and bone up on some new information. It’s not hard to do!
Irwin Goldstein, MD
Sue Goldstein, CCRC, CSE