Lesbianism: Sex and Lifestyle Health Risks

Health Care Providers and Researchers Overlook YWSW, Despite Risk Factors…

http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=552&Itemid=177

See also pages 5-6 in the following pdf under title, “Female Homosexual Behavior”…

http://www.corporateresourcecouncil.org/white_papers/Health_Risks.pdf

Lesbians and cervical cancer…

Compared to heterosexual women, lesbians may be at greater risk for HPV and cervical cancer due to health and lifestyle factors associated with poor overall health. Women who have sex with women can contract the virus from an infected partner in the same ways heterosexual women can, including through genital to genital contact, touching the genitals of a partner and then one’s own, or sharing sex toys without cleaning them properly first. Many lesbians have also experienced heterosexual intercourse, increasing their risk for HPV. However, lesbians are less likely to regularly visit a reproductive health specialist and are therefore less exposed to information about HPV or make use of the preventative steps developed for women. (Brown, J.B., Tracy, J.K. Lesbians and cancer: an overlooked health disparity. Cancer Causes Control, 19, 2008. p. 1009-1020.)

Women caught up in lesbianism/homosexuality are More Likely Than U.S. Women Overall to Have Risk Factors for Gynecologic and Breast Cancer:

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3318301.html

Bacterial Vaginosis has mutated to a STD among women choosing lesbianism

New York Medical Center – National Institute of Health
1995 Dec 21

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8749623

Chlamydia trachomatis infection in increasing women who have sex with women CT growing women caught up in lesbianism/homosexuality.

Allergy and Infectious Diseases, U. of Washington – National Institute of Health
Aug 19, 2010

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20724697

http://www.centerforhealthtraining.org/projects/documents/CT%20WSW.pdf

“…though most are unaware of their infection, according to a new report. Nearly half the women (46%) were seropositive for HSV-1, the report indicates, and 7.9% were seropositive for HSV-2.” ‘Herpes Simplex Virus Infections Common Among Lesbians.’
Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
02 January 2004

http://www.urotoday.com/component/jentlacontent/herpes-simplex-virus-infections-common-among-lesbians-694.html

“We demonstrated a higher prevalence of BV, hepatitis C, and HIV risk behaviors in WSW compared with controls.” ‘Sexually transmitted infections and risk behaviors in women who have sex with women’
Sydney Sexual Health Centre, Sydney Hospital, Australia
National Institute of Health Sex Transm Infect. 2001 Oct

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11141849?dopt=Abstract

“A lesbian couple in a monogamous relationship each presented with vaginal discharge demonstrable on culture to contain Trichomonas vaginalis.” ‘Sexually acquired metronidazole-resistant trichomoniasis in a lesbian couple.

Directorate of Medicine, Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Trust, UK
National Institute of Health, 1996 Feb

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8655171?dopt=Abstract

“There is a significantly higher prevalence of PCO and PCOS in lesbian compared with heterosexual women. Lesbian women with either PCO or PCOS had more pronounced hyperandrogenism than did heterosexual women with either PCO or PCOS.” ‘Prevalence of polycystic ovaries and polycystic ovary syndrome in lesbian women compared with heterosexual women.’ The London Women’s Clinic and The Hallam Medical Center, London, United Kingdom.

National Institute of Health, 2004 Nov

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15533359

“HSV-2 infection occurs in nearly 1 in 10 lesbians and is not predicted by report of sex with men or sexual identity. Most lesbians infected with HSV-2 are not aware of their infection. Sexual transmission of HSV-1 may occur more frequently among lesbians than among heterosexual women.” ‘Prevalence and risk factors for infection with herpes simplex virus type-1 and -2 among lesbians.’
Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
National Institute of Health 2003 Dec

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14646636?dopt=Abstract

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