Journal of Social Sciences

Risks and Realities: Rochester Area Lesbians' Perceived Risk of Acquiring Sexually Transmitted Infections

Devika Singh, Nancy Chin, Theodore Brown and Sharon Glezen

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2006.113.120

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 2, Issue 4

Pages 113-120


There was limited information available in the clinical and public health communities about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) among lesbians and bisexual women. This study intends to investigate perceived risks of acquiring STIs among lesbians in Rochester, New York. This research concludes that Rochester area lesbians do not perceive themselves at significant risk of acquiring STIs. A gap exists in the sexual health dialogue between health providers and their lesbian patients. And while there was a broad range of safer sex practices documented in the literature, there seems to be little consensus and few guidelines available as far as motivations to practice safer sex.


© 2006 Devika Singh, Nancy Chin, Theodore Brown and Sharon Glezen. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.