Our expert says:
The range of normal sexual expression is about as wide as you can imagine. Society may fill its newspapers with those whose over-active libidos get them in trouble, but we are seldom exposed to those who have no desire at all, or for whom sexual activity plays little or no role in their lives. There is however a significant minority of people who actively identify themselves as Asexual. An Asexual person is someone who does not experience sexual attraction to another person. This category is considered an orientation, like heterosexuality, or homosexuality, and is different from celibacy which is the choice to abstain from sexual activity even if there is a sexual attraction. Asexual people may still have a libido, and so this may explain why your friend masturbates. The important question is whether he is happy with his current state or not - would he like a sexual relationship or is he a happy without it.
What is interesting here, is how disturbed you are by the prospect of your friend’s sexless life. We often find it troubling to contemplate a person who is potentially non-sexual, the stigma attached to them may indeed be even greater than other sexual orientations. However, I would imagine that your friend’s happiness is your primary concern, so find out what he would like, then you would be in a better position to help.
Anthony - SASHA. For further information please consult SASHA’S website at www.sexualhealth.qw.co.za/dru. For referral to a professional in your vicinity, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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