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 box we 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 a passionate health.

Earlier this week we reported that investigate highlighted by a 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 common sex toys. And vagina to vagina contact.

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

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

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

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

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This is mostly since within a proportions of sex preparation classes, sex is framed as customarily a approach 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 approach to make babies, a 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 carrying sex with women though giving a risks a second thought.

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

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

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

‘We’re all too bustling perplexing to indeed figure out a formidable identities to stop and cruise if we’re doing it safely.

‘Plus no one ever unequivocally 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 a demographic is customarily male, lesbians don’t seem to have such open and accessible representation.

‘Dental dams creates me cruise of a outing to a dentists as opposite to a prohibited womanlike date.’

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

Dental dams are not straightforwardly available.

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

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

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

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

Right then.

The customarily 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 investigate in 2003 found that 86% of women had never used a dental dam, and customarily 1% of women always used one.

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

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Seriously. Think condoms are annoying? Try beating someone’s clit while regulating both hands to widen a thing block of cosmetic opposite your mouth. Try doing that and not feeling like a demogorgon clumsily perplexing to detonate by a walls.

It’s tough to widen a skinny block of cosmetic over a vagina while you’re perplexing to give pleasure and making certain that each partial of a vagina is covered. Plus we can’t get your hands concerned in a categorical event, that is limiting.

The latex can feel bizarre opposite your tongue, shortening a cognisance of removing your tongue and mouth all adult in another person’s bits.

Then there’s a general unsexiness of a whole thing. Stretching out latex between your face and a vagina customarily isn’t visually appealing.

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Dental dams are rubbish, essentially. And since they’ve never been prioritised, no one’s suspicion of a approach to make them some-more unsentimental and pleasurable.

So women who have sex with women skip them entirely. The miss of preparation about a risks and a miss of graduation of regulating dental dams creates women cruise they’re ‘safe’ since there’s no masculine involved.

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

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

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

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

‘Lots of women who are carrying sex with women are also carrying sex with group and that some of a women and people they’re carrying sex with are trans.

‘So fundamentally, these prejudicial assumptions about a forms of sex WSW are having, who else they’re carrying sex with and a intensity risks concerned minister to a 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 emanate 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 a risks involved.

‘I cruise a initial thing we can all do is speak about it – support a 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 cruise a needs of LBWSW and boost entrance to contrast services.’

Failing to yield preparation about a risks concerned and how to strengthen ourselves is impossibly insane and customarily plain unacceptable. We need to arrange it out – and that starts with a elementary act of holding lesbian and bisexual women’s passionate health customarily as severely 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 a passionate health.

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