Earlier this week we reported that research highlighted by the National LGB&T Partnership had found that lesbian and bisexual women are being told they don’t need cervical screening tests because they have sex with women. Women who have sex with women are able to transmit infections through any sexual practices where skin and fluids that could be infected come into contact with each other. Bethany Glover, 19, told the Terence Higgins Trust that while she learnt how to put condoms on bananas, ‘there was nothing at all about LGBT relationships’, while Emma Costello, 21, said that lesbian contraception was ‘never discussed’.This is often because within the confines of sex education classes, sex is framed as only a way to reproduce, instead of something pleasurable.‘Plus no one ever really mentions or covers this particular topic with women.The gay community have several HIV and AIDS based charities who’s main objective is to raise awareness.Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans Association NSW President Bruce Relph told the publication the idea was crazy because sexuality did not belong in the military.
‘We’re all too busy trying to actually figure out our complex identities to stop and think if we’re doing it safely.
A 2008 study found that less than half of British lesbian and bisexual women had ever been tested for a sexually transmitted infection, and three quarters of women who hasn’t been tested believed they weren’t at risk.
And yet, more than half of lesbian and bisexual women who had been tested were diagnosed with an STI. Claudia, a representative for the National LGB&T Partnership, told uk: ‘We are failing to take women who have sex with women’s (WSW) sexual health seriously by rendering it invisible, and assuming there are no sexual health risks involved.
While the Australian military did not lift bans or start including lesbians, gays and bisexuals until 1992, they paved the way for New Zealand, the UK and America to follow suit.
In case you didn’t know, this week is National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week.