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Why aren’t we holding lesbian and bisexual women’s passionate health seriously?

Why aren't we holding lesbian and bisexual women's passionate health seriously?
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In case you didn’t know, this week is National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week.

You substantially didn’t know that, actually, since no one’s bloody good articulate about lesbian and bisexual women’s health.

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And that’s generally loyal when it comes to the passionate health.

Earlier this week we reported that investigate highlighted by the National LGBT Partnership had found that lesbian and bisexual women are being told they don’t need cervical screening tests since they have sex with women.

Which is incorrect.

Women who have sex with women are means to broadcast infections by any passionate practices where skin and fluids that could be putrescent come into hit with any other.

So that means oral. And penetrative sex with shared sex toys. And vagina to vagina contact.

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But the issues go deeper than just a few doctors being unknowingly of the risks concerned when women have sex with other women (although that’s a flattering large issue – shouldn’t the medical professionals be ideally wakeful that it’s probable to have vulnerable sex when a man isn’t involved?).

From sex ed by to the bland sex-having habits, we’re not holding passionate health seriously when it comes to women having sex with other women.

In sex education, if happy relations are mentioned at all, the opposite forms of insurance that should be used when women have sex with women are frequency brought up.

Bethany Glover, 19, told the Terence Higgins Trust that while she learnt how to put condoms on bananas, ‘there was zero at all about LGBT relationships’, while Emma Costello, 21, pronounced that lesbian contraception was ‘never discussed’.

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This is mostly since within the proportions of sex preparation classes, sex is framed as only a way to reproduce, instead of something pleasurable.

We’re told about contraception to strengthen ourselves from pregnancy and STIs. But if we’re taught that sex is simply a way to make babies, the suspicion of lesbian sex doesn’t even come into it.

And that means that women who have sex with women are wholly left out of sex and relations education, left with no information about insurance and given no clarity that there are any risks they should be wakeful of.

Which means that women are having sex with women though giving the risks a second thought.

Sexually liquid Dorna, 24, told metro.co.uk that she’s never used insurance when having sex with women, as it simply ‘never crossed her mind’.

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When it comes to having sex with men, however, Dorna views insurance as essential.

‘I totally support protected sex but for some reason we theory I’ve never suspicion it was indispensably for lesbians,’ Dorna told us.

‘We’re all too bustling trying to actually figure out the formidable identities to stop and consider if we’re doing it safely.

‘Plus no one ever really mentions or covers this sold subject with women. The happy village have several HIV and AIDS formed charities who’s categorical design is to lift awareness.

‘Unfortunately the demographic is customarily male, lesbians don’t seem to have such open and accessible representation.

‘Dental dams creates me consider of a outing to the dentists as against to a prohibited womanlike date.’

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But even by the time women actually learn about dental dams (a form of separator insurance when having verbal sex) – customarily by chatting to other women who have sex with women, or doing some investigate on the internet – it’s not as elementary as just using out and selling them.

Dental dams are not straightforwardly available.

They’re not stocked in bar toilets (which upholds the arrogance that oral on women isn’t a ‘casual sex thing’, but that’s a whole other issue). They’re not handed out willy-nilly at passionate health clinics. They’re not out on the shelves of Sainsbury’s.

I popped to Boots on my lunch mangle today, and found myself impressed by condom options and pregnancy tests, but couldn’t find a singular dental dam.

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Even the categories of the aisles abandoned the judgment of lesbian sex. Condoms. Women’s Health (but with only creams for thrush rather than anything sexual). Fertility and pregnancy.

I asked the pharmacist where the dental dams were stocked, just in case we was blank the enchanting lesbian sex aisle, and was told: ‘I’ve never listened of dental dams, sorry.’

Right then.

The only options women have are selling online or in dilettante shops, where dental dams tend to be pricier than many condoms.

It’s no wonder, then, that a study in 2003 found that 86% of women had never used a dental dam, and only 1% of women always used one.

It doesn’t help that dental dams are fiddly and vitriolic to use.

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Seriously. Think condoms are annoying? Try beating someone’s clit while using both hands to widen a thing piece of plastic opposite your mouth. Try doing that and not feeling like a demogorgon clumsily trying to detonate by the walls.

So women who have sex with women skip them entirely. The miss of preparation about the risks and the miss of graduation of using dental dams creates women consider they’re ‘safe’ since there’s no man involved.

A 2008 study found that reduction than half of British lesbian and bisexual women had ever been tested for a sexually transmitted infection, and 3 buliding of women who hasn’t been tested believed they weren’t at risk.

And yet, some-more than half of lesbian and bisexual women who had been tested were diagnosed with an STI. So yes, the risk is still high.

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Claudia, a representative for the National LGBT Partnership, told metro.co.uk: ‘We are unwell to take women who have sex with women’s (WSW) passionate health seriously by digest it invisible, and presumption there are no passionate health risks involved.

‘This is improper as the immeasurable infancy of women who have sex with women rivet in passionate practices which could outcome in the delivery of STIs. The accessible justification shows that very few WSW (women who have sex with women) use separator insurance methods.

‘Lots of women who are having sex with women are also having sex with men and that some of the women and people they’re having sex with are trans.

‘So fundamentally, these prejudicial assumptions about the forms of sex WSW are having, who else they’re having sex with and the intensity risks concerned minister to the miss of accurate and thorough passionate health information accessible to WSW.

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‘This eventually creates poignant barriers to them accessing passionate health services.’

It’s a critical issue we’re not articulate about scrupulously – and one that could have critical consequences.

The solution? We need to stop ignoring women who have sex with women, and stop erasing the risks involved.

‘I consider the first thing we can all do is speak about it – support its prominence and ask some-more accurate, present investigate and information; ask for it to be enclosed in sex and attribute preparation to safeguard it’s thorough of lesbian, bisexual and other WSW,’ Claudia told us.

‘Healthcare workers also need to rise passionate health and flood strategies that categorically consider the needs of LBWSW and boost entrance to contrast services.’

Failing to yield preparation about the risks concerned and how to strengthen ourselves is impossibly insane and just plain unacceptable. We need to arrange it out – and that starts with the elementary act of holding lesbian and bisexual women’s passionate health just as seriously as we would take anyone else’s, sharpish.

Women who have sex with women can’t be erased. We can’t be ignored. And that includes the passionate health.

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