Lesbians encouraged to have cervical screening

Lesbians should be encouraged to have regular cervical screening, according to a public health expert.

Currently, the UK NHS Cervical Screening Programme states that ‘if a woman has never been sexually active with a man then the chance of her developing cervical cancer is very low indeed’.

But writing in the Journal of Planning and Reproductive Health Care, Hazel Henderson, from Croydon PCT, urges lesbians to come forward for screening.

She argues that four-fifths of lesbians have had sex with men and that HPV can be transmitted sexually via female-to-female sexual activity.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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