Women having sex with women are also at risk of cervical cancer


The National Health Service’s national advisor for LGBT health in the UK, Dr Michael Brady, warned up to 50,000 of lesbians, bisexual, pansexual and queer women in same-sex relationships have never undergone the cervix screening test. These women believe that a sexual activity between women is not increasing the risk of cervix cancer, but it is a myth, and the sooner it is dispelled, the more lives will be saved. Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV is a common virus that affects the mouth, throat and genital area, so if a woman with HPV has oral sex with other woman, she can easily transmit the virus to her. Brady acknowledged that LGB women (as well as trans men who had not undergone surgery and non-binary people assigned as female at birth. They have cervix, so they are at risk too) may also skip cervical screenings because of a perception or experience of discrimination. But he hope to change that in his newly appointed role.


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