Monday, December 12, 2011

But Female Homosexuality Poses No Harm Whatsoever

Sometimes my readers complain I only focus on the ills effects of male homosexual behaviour. Guess what:

Women who have sex with women (WSW) are a diverse group with variations in sexual identity, sexual behaviors, sexual practices, and risk behaviors. WSW are at risk of acquiring bacterial, viral, and protozoal sexually transmitted infections (STIs) from current and prior partners, both male and female. Bacterial vaginosis is common among women in general and even more so among women with female partners. WSW should not be presumed to be at low or no risk for STIs based on sexual orientation, and reporting of same-sex behavior by women should not deter providers from considering and performing screening for STIs, including chlamydia, in their clients according to current guidelines. Effective delivery of sexual health services to WSW requires a comprehensive and open discussion of sexual and behavioral risks, beyond sexual identity, between care providers and their female clients.

Did you note how the abstract says that the identity is not what matters, but the actual behaviour?

The reason I don't post often about WSW is because researchers don't study this group as much as men. I suspect the assumptions listed in the abstract might have something to do with it.