3. SEXUALITY

3. SEXUALITY

3.4 Sexuality: Safer Sex – Taking a Sexual History

The sexual health of lesbian, bisexual and queer women is an important aspect of primary care. It’s a common myth that lesbian, bisexual and queer women have no risk of sexually transmitted diseases or have concerns about their sexual health. Being aware of potential risk factors and common STIs in lesbian, bisexual and queer women will allow you to provide better, more inclusive healthcare.

In the medical literature, Women Who have Sex with Women (WSW) is often used to simplify complex identities. Throughout the following scenario, WSW might be used to describe the experiences of lesbian, bisexual and queer women. Consider the following scenario:

Gwen O’Hare is a 26 year old female who has presented to her GP concerned about an STI and seeking medical advice about the sorts of methods she can use to practice safer sex with her new girlfriend.”

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