Lesbian Sexual Health – Busting Myths To Stay Healthy And Risk-free

There’s a myth out there that lesbians’ sexual health issues might not be as critical as hetero female health issues. Not so, say the experts. To help you steer clear of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and other risks, let’s bust a few myths about lesbian sexual health.

1) You’re not at risk for STDs

Yes you are. STDs can be passed from one lesbian to another. According to www.womhealth.org.au, “There are cases of women transmitting Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), human papillomavirus (HPV), herpes and syphilis to other women. In theory, women could also transmit chlamydia and gonorrhoea to other women.” Some strains of hepatitis can be transmitted, too. In all cases, the risk of transmission depends on what you’re doing, how you’re doing it and how much effort you make to keep things clean and safe. And if you think that safe sex doesn’t apply to you, read on.

2) There’s no way for lesbians to have safe sex

Yes there is. For any type of sex with your partner, you can use dams (one-time use only, then discard). If you’re sharing sex toys use a condom on them, and make sure you clean them properly after use. If there’s a heightened concern about STDs, don’t share your toys. You can also use latex gloves during your sexual encounters.

3) You can’t get cervical cancer

Yes you can. If you’ve only had sex with women, that doesn’t absolve you from the risk. Cervical cancer can be triggered by HPV. Notes www.womhealth.org.au, “Early changes in the cervix that can progress into cervical cancer have been found in lesbians.” So consider pap smears as an important part of your sexual health regime. Find a healthcare professional you’re comfortable with so you can get this all-important annual or biannual test done if you’re 18+.

4) You don’t need to know about your partner’s sexual history

Yes you do. It’s not like you need it all by chapter and verse, but at minimum you should ask if your partner has ever had an STD, when and if there’s any possibility it can be passed onto you now. If you both have a clean slate and are committed to a monogamous relationship, your risk of contracting an STD should be minimal. If you’re in a one-time situation with an unfamiliar partner, or if information is difficult to come by, you should employ the safe-sex practices noted above. If you’re going into a relationship, medical tests can determine whether either of you is carrying an STD if there’s any question in your minds.

If you’ve been misled by any of these myths, banish them so you can enjoy optimal lesbian sexual health.

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