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How can you get a sexually transmitted infection as a lesbian?

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Brian Fishman
Emergency Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Bodily Fluids

Sexually transmitted diseases are passed to partners via bodily fluids, regardless of the sex of the partner. Blood, vaginal secretions, and semen can all transmit stds.
Transmission can occur m to m, m to f, f to m, and f to f. Lesbians can still protect themselves from stds using barrier methods, just as heterosexual couples do.

In brief: Bodily Fluids

Sexually transmitted diseases are passed to partners via bodily fluids, regardless of the sex of the partner. Blood, vaginal secretions, and semen can all transmit stds.
Transmission can occur m to m, m to f, f to m, and f to f. Lesbians can still protect themselves from stds using barrier methods, just as heterosexual couples do.
Brian Fishman
Brian Fishman
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Same as anyone else

Exchange of vaginal secretions, anal sex, and oral sex are all transmission vehicles for stds whether you are hetero, homo, or bisexual.

In brief: Same as anyone else

Exchange of vaginal secretions, anal sex, and oral sex are all transmission vehicles for stds whether you are hetero, homo, or bisexual.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Dr. Henry Ng
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Skin contact

Skin on skin contact as well as shared toys can expose women who partner with women to viruses and some bacteria.
Hpv, HSV and trichomonas are more common infections. Some lesbian women still partner with men, so unprotected vaginal intercourse can be a source of exposure. Barrier methods such as condoms and dental dams can reduce the risk of STI exposures.

In brief: Skin contact

Skin on skin contact as well as shared toys can expose women who partner with women to viruses and some bacteria.
Hpv, HSV and trichomonas are more common infections. Some lesbian women still partner with men, so unprotected vaginal intercourse can be a source of exposure. Barrier methods such as condoms and dental dams can reduce the risk of STI exposures.
Dr. Henry Ng
Dr. Henry Ng
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