Several LGBT groups have reported that lesbian women are told that they do not need a test that screens for nearly all cervical cancers.
As it stands nearly 1 000 women die from cervical cancer each year. What’s more is the fact that all women can contract HPV, which is passed on through body fluids.
This news comes ahead of the first ever National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health week, created by The National LGB&T Partnership. According to the charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust nearly 3 000 women will be diagnosed with cervical in this year alone.
Futhermore, a study by Sheffield Hallam University has found that most women surveyed where assumed to be straight by the health worker they had consulted. In turn this has led to less than half of lesbian and bisexual women receiving appropriate information and advice.
(Information sourced from PinkNews.co.uk)