Are Lesbian Couples at Higher Risk?
Same-sex couples, lesbians, in particular, might have a lower risk of contracting certain STDs such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This is likely due to the ways they engage in sexual activity.
However, HPV (human papillomavirus) is strongly linked to cervical cancer and is still very much an STD risk for lesbians. Here’s what you need to know to stay protected.
How is HPV Spread?
Penile penetration is not the only way that HPV can be spread. HPV can be spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact and can be passed between two women in the following ways:
- Genital-to genital contact
- Touching the genitals of an infected partner
- Sharing unsanitized sex aids
- Oral sex
Lesbians are at the same risk for HPV as heterosexual women. Getting regular screenings for the HPV virus can significantly reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer and other HPV-related issues, such as genital warts.
How to Reduce the Risk of HPV
Same-sex couples can reduce the risk of developing HPV by:
- Using condoms on shared sex aids
- Using gloves when touching genitals
- Limit the number of sexual partners
- Use dental dams (latex or polyurethane sheets)
You can also reduce the risk of HPV by getting vaccinated; however, it’s not for everyone and does not protect against all HPV strains. Speaking to your doctor can help to determine if you are a candidate for the HPV vaccine.
Contracted an STD? We Are Here For You.
Learning you contracted an STD from a sexual partner who failed to inform you that you were at risk of infection is devastating. In California, it’s a crime to infect someone with an STD knowingly, and you might have grounds to file an STD lawsuit. Filing such a case can help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more.
Speaking out against someone who gave you an STD is a personal and private matter, and you can rest assured that our attorneys are here to help you through a difficult time while protecting your privacy.
Contact KMD Law at (833) 456-3529 to schedule a consultation.