The American Sexual Health Association site covers many different issues related to sex and reproductive health. Topics include sex and relationships, sexual functioning, sexually transmitted diseases, contraceptives, how to talk to you children, and more. The site is recommended for its frank and open discussions about sexuality and related issues, some geared toward specific audiences.
The site's main navigation bar is clear enough, but each topic features an overwhelming number of subtopics with no apparent sense of organization. The site's search bar doesn't feature a way to filter results, which can make locating specific information difficult. The website is set up in a way more conducive to browsing.
Homepage tries to feature as many of the site's functions as possible, but this tactic makes it hard to know where to begin. Thankfully a "Quick Links" dropdown bar directs users to the most popular resources. Visually the website is plain, and sometimes features awkward page layouts. There also appears to be some inconsistencies in font styles, which gives the website a jumbled feel.
The sexual health content on this website is diverse, objective and user-friendly. Unfortunately the materials aren't referenced, so users will simply have to take the content at its word. The site provides excellent introductory material about sexual and reproductive health, covering all the most common and relevant issues in a straightforward manner.
Neither authors nor editors are cited on the health articles. However, the American Sexual Health Association is one of the most respected authorities in the field of sexual/reproductive health. Aside from podcast episodes, it is difficult to know how current the site's content is, as pages are not dated.
Honest and detailed information about sexual health
Clear organization of content puts users in touch with the appropriate resources
Clear writing that will appeal to many lay audiences including young adults, teachers, parents, etc.
Difficult to assess currency given the lack of publication/revision dates
Fails to identify content authors
Sponsors / Affiliations:
The American Sexual Health Association, a national nonprofit founded in 1914
Links to relevant organizations and services, "Ask the Experts" service, downloadable brochures, news, podcasts, online store