You'll be wondering how someone can survive his entire life without sex. There are different shades to being asexual. Some asexuals derive sexual satisfaction through other means order than another person; they could masturbate while some enter into relationships that don't involve sex. Nevertheless, some asexuals spend their entire life without having a desire for sex.
Is being asexual and celibate the same thing?
It's a big NO; celibacy is a conscious effort to abstain from sex, while asexuality is an orientation. People don't choose to be asexual; it's just like being gay. While celibacy is a conscious act, an asexual person might have sex or decide to be celibate.
Is there a phobia towards asexuals?
Once you don't conform to the traditional way of life, people will treat as an outcast. So if you are asexual here are some challenges you will face.
First, you'll be looked at as being cold and unable to love. That's not true, being asexual doesn't mean you can't enter into a romantic relationship, or even get married, with or without sex.
Second, people may attribute your orientation to be as a result of trauma, rough childhood, or sexual abuse. You might have these rough past, but there's no evidence that it contributes to asexuality, so you are who you are.
Finally, it seems like asexuality is the loss of sexual drive, but that's not true, they are two different things. Asexuality is an orientation while losing sexual drive is a medical condition.
Being asexual doesn't make you different from every other person. And you are not alone; there are many other people out there just like you so don't be frighten you are normal. Although it's not regularly talked about like the rest of the LGBT community (yes asexuals are part of the LGBT society), they exist and can decide to identify if they choose to.