a sexual identity reflecting an absence of sexual desire for others. Asexual people often have romantic attractions, desires and relationships; they can desire and experience intimacy with others.  Some asexuals experience arousal, pleasure and/or orgasm (through masturbation); others may remain virgins and/or find sex disgusting. Asexuals can have a general “sex drive” but do not connect those feelings to other people.  Some asexual people choose to have sex for reasons other than sexual arousal or desire, such as expressing feelings of love or intimacy with a partner.

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