Promoting sexual health in women who have sex with women
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Promoting sexual health in women who have sex with women

Victoria Ripley Sexual health nurse, Genitourinary medicine department, Boston Health Clinic, Lincolnshire

This article aims to illustrate how women who have sex with women are at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), despite perceptions that this group is at low risk. Data on the prevalence of STIs among these women are lacking and they may not be aware of the risk of contracting STIs. The article outlines the types of sexual practice that may put women who have sex with women at risk and describes methods to reduce the spread of STIs. Greater provision of safer sex information is advocated. Suggestions to improve practice are recommended, including ways to encourage uptake of sexual health services and the need to take a thorough sexual history.

Nursing Standard. 25, 51,41-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.08.25.51.41.c8660

Correspondence

victoria.ripley@lpct.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review