Study: One in 100 adults asexual
LONDON, England (CNN) -- About one percent of adults have absolutely no interest in sex, according to a new study, and that distinction is becoming one of pride among many asexuals.
The new study was conducted by Anthony Bogaert, a psychologist and human sexuality expert at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario.
It was published in the latest issue of The Journal of Sex Research and is the focus of a report in this Saturday's issue of New Scientist.
Bogaert's analysis looked at responses to another study in Britain, published in 1994. That study was based on interviews of 18,000 people about their sexual practices.
It offered respondent a list of options. One read: "I have never felt sexually attracted to anyone at all." One percent said they agreed with the statement.
That response level is close to the percentage of gay people in the population, which is around three percent, the New Scientist report says.
New Scientist says such studies offer insights into sexuality, but the results remain controversial.
"The closest we have got to understanding human asexuals comes from studies -- mostly surveys - of people who report not having sex," it says.
A 1994 survey, published by The University of Chicago Press, found that 13 percent of 3,500 respondents had no sex in the past year. Forty percent of those people said they were extremely happy or very happy with their lives.
"If asexuality is indeed a form of sexual orientation, perhaps it will not be long before the issue of 'A' pride starts attracting more attention," New Scientist says.
Activists have already started campaigning to promote awareness and acceptance of asexuality, it reports.
The Asexual Visibility and Education Network has an online store that sell items promoting awareness and acceptance on asexuality.
Among the items is a T-shirt with the slogan, "Asexuality: it's not just for amoebas anymore."