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Sexual aversion disorder refers to a persistent or recurrent extreme aversion to, and avoidance of, all or almost all genital sexual contact with a sexual partner. The disorder first appeared in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edition, Revised (DSM-III-R). The criteria for the disorder excluded symptoms that were better accounted for by another mental health diagnosis or any other sexual dysfunction disorder. The criteria in the DSM-IV-TR (text revision) extended the criteria to include the association of fear, anxiety, and disgust at the prospect of having any sexual contact. The DSM-IV-TR further stated that the aversion to sexual contact could be the result of a variety of stimuli and behaviors, ranging from a very specific aspect of sex to any ...

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