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Latest News from the ISSM - November 8, 2013 Member Login
Important Exams Scheduled for January in Istanbul

Two credentialing exams will be given on January 28, 2014, just before the joint meeting of the European Federation of Sexology (EFS) and the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM).

Earning these credentials ensures patients and colleagues that a clinician has proper education, training, and experience in the field.

The EFS-ESSM Certified Psych-Sexologist (ECPS) exam is being given for the first time. It is intended for psychologists with previous education and clinical experience in sexology.

The Fellow of the European Committee on Sexual Medicine (FECSM) exam will be given under auspices of the European Union of Medical Specialists.  

Each exam will last for three hours and include 100 multiple choice questions.

Preparation courses for both exams will take place January 25 - 27, 2014 at the Ramada Plaza Istanbul. Taught by recognized experts in the field of sexual medicine, the preparation courses will cover all subjects that may be included in the exams as well as exam-taking skills and practice. The program of preparation courses for both exams may be found here.  

Professionals interested in either exam must apply by November 14, 2013. For more information, including pertinent links for each exam, please click here

Study Examines Health Issues and Sexual Activity in an American Retirement Community

Health issues and lifestyle factors influence the sexual activities of older Americans, researchers from the University of South Florida have reported.

Their study, published online in August in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, involved residents of The Villages, Florida, a retirement community with a population of over 87,000. All residents of The Villages are age 55 or older.

Using questionnaire data from 22,654 respondents, the researchers determined that many health issues, including diabetes, cancer, poor vision, and depression, were linked to sexual inactivity in both men and women.

Men with hearing loss tended to be sexually inactive, perhaps because this condition made them less social. 

Sexual activity in women was linked to gum disease, alcohol misuse, and skin conditions.

Respondents who participated in social activities were more sexually active than those who did not participate.

These findings may help healthcare providers understand how overall health and sexual health work together in older populations.  

Please click here to learn more about this study. 

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