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

Devika Singh, Nancy Chin, Theodore Brown and Sharon Glezen

Abstract

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.

Journal of Social Sciences
Volume 2 No. 4, 2006, 113-120

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/jssp.2006.113.120

Submitted On: 10 November 2006 Published On: 31 December 2006

How to Cite: Singh, D., Chin, N., Brown, T. & Glezen, S. (2006). Risks and Realities: Rochester Area Lesbians' Perceived Risk of Acquiring Sexually Transmitted Infections . Journal of Social Sciences, 2(4), 113-120. https://doi.org/10.3844/jssp.2006.113.120

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Keywords

  • queer
  • lesbian
  • bisexual
  • out
  • closet(ed)
  • PCP
  • dyke
  • dental dam
  • STI/STD
  • HIV