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Lesbian and Bisexual Women

Women who have sex with women (WSW) are a diverse group with variations in sexual identity, sexual behaviors, sexual practices, and risk behaviors. Recent studies indicate that some WSW, particularly adolescents, young women, and women with both male and female partners, might be at increased risk for STIs and HIV as a result of certain reported risk behaviors. WSW are at risk for acquiring bacterial, viral, and protozoal infections from current and prior partners, both male and female. WSW should not be presumed to be at low or no risk for STIs based on sexual orientation.  Healthcare providers and their female patients should engage in a comprehensive and open discussion not only about sexual identify, but sexual and behavioral risks so that effective screening can take place.

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Office on Women’s Health: Lesbian and bisexual women health fact sheet

Women who have sex with women (WSW) are at risk for STIs. Lesbian and bisexual women can transmit STIs to each other through skin-to-skin contact, mucosa contact, vaginal fluids, menstrual blood, and sharing sex toys.


CDC: Lesbian and Bisexual Women

Some women who have sex with women (WSW), particularly adolescents, young women, and women with both male and female partners, might be at increased risk for STIs and HIV as a result of certain behaviors.