Lesbian Safer Sex
Many lesbians, as well as bisexual women who have sex with other women, incorrectly assume that they are not at risk for contracting sexually transmitted infections. The growing number of HIV-positive lesbians proves that this thinking is a potentially dangerous myth.
It is important to remember that risks of sexually transmitted infections should be defined in terms of behaviors, not sexual orientation. While the risk of woman-to-woman sexual transmission of serious infections such as HIV is generally considered to be uncommon, women who have contracted HIV or other infections from sexual contact with men or women, or from intravenous drug use, are still at risk of transmitting that infection to other women if they participate in risky sexual behaviors.
Following these guidelines can help further reduce the risk of infection for lesbians and bisexual women, even if their risks are generally low.
The most important way to reduce your risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection is to keep your partner's body fluids out of your body. The body fluids which lesbians should be most careful about are blood (including menstrual blood), vaginal fluids, and the discharges from sores caused by sexually transmitted infections.
There are two basic rules:
Don't touch sores that are caused by sexually transmitted infections.
Safer sex is anything one does to lower his or her risks of getting an sexually transmitted infection. It's about having more pleasure with less risk.
Safer sex also means protecting your partner, so return the favor.
Lower-risk lesbian sex play includes:
Oral sex without barrier protection and sharing sex toys are potential methods of transmitting infection. Barrier methods, such as dental dams or cut-open latex condoms, can be used for oral sex to reduce the risk of infection. Clean and disinfect sex toys or cover with a fresh condom before each use. Using latex gloves, condoms, or finger cots for manual penetration can protect against transmission through cuts or hangnails on fingers.
Certain groups of women have a higher risk of sexually transmitted infections due to specific biological reasons:
Young women (between 15 and 24)
A recent report "Lesbian Health: Current Assessment and Directions for the Future" from the Institute of Medicine, notes that fear of discrimination may keep lesbians from seeking routine medical care, and that the stress experienced due to homophobia and anti-gay discrimination can have a negative impact on lesbian health. The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association offers a free referral service to help patients find doctors who are sensitive to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health care needs on their Web site at http://www.glma.org.
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