An increasing amount of people stay alive after serious diseases, trauma or cancer. Examples are survivors of spinal cord injury, bone marrow transplantation, stroke, penis amputation, COPD or muscular disease. Scantily the awareness grows that sexuality and intimacy need to be addressed as important quality of life-aspects, since for at least half of the survivors these areas are disrupted.
Conflict of Interest: None disclosed
Financial Support/Funding: Zonww, The Netherlands Organisation For Health Research And Development
Sydney Australia, April 2007