To get the bad news over with, sexually transmitted infections STIs can be spread through woman-to-woman sex. You are less likely to catch some of them than are gay men or heterosexuals, but others are less fussy and some seem to prefer hot lesbian action. The good news is that there is a person who can protect you from these nasties—you. With a bit of self-awareness and common sense, you can significantly reduce your chances of catching one of these annoying wee beasties. The one golden rule for safer sex is to avoid exchanging body fluids of any kind.
Sexually transmitted infections: a guide for lesbian and bisexual women
You Asked It: Do Lesbians Get STIs?
Sexually transmitted diseases STDs can be spread between female sex partners, probably through the exchange of cervicovaginal fluid and direct mucosal contact. Additionally, lesbians have a high prevalence of bacterial vaginosis, which may represent an STD in this population. However, few data on sexual practices or perceived STD risk among lesbians are available to guide development of interventions aimed at reducing the risk. To inform the development of a safer-sex intervention for women who have sex with women, focus group discussions were conducted with 23 lesbian and bisexual women aged 18— Topics included sexual practices, STD transmission and prevention, and knowledge about bacterial vaginosis. Although six participants had had bacterial vaginosis and three an STD, women reported little use of preventive measures with female partners washing hands, using rubber gloves and cleaning sex toys. Participants said that vaginal penetrative practices using sex toys and fingers or hands are common, and that partners frequently share sex toys during a sexual encounter, generally without condoms.
Linda M. Gorgos, Jeanne M. Women who have sex with women WSW are a diverse group with variations in sexual identity, sexual behaviors, sexual practices, and risk behaviors. WSW are at risk of acquiring bacterial, viral, and protozoal sexually transmitted infections STIs from current and prior partners, both male and female.
Back to Sexual health. Women who have sex with other women can pass on or get STIs. Know how to protect yourself. Women can catch STIs such as herpes , genital warts and chlamydia when exchanging bodily fluids.