Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Health

For years, lesbian and bisexual women have been misinformed about the importance of testing for cervical cancer.

Lesbian and bisexual women accessing screening have experienced homophobia, assumptions that they are heterosexual, inappropriate treatment and misinformation about their health when it comes to cervical screening.

Thankfully, the needs of lesbian and bisexual women are starting to be examined and understood.

In 2009, the NHS changed its guidance regarding cervical screening, recognising that all women with a cervix who are aged between 25 and 64 are entitled to free cervical screening, regardless of their sexual orientation or sexual history.

Lesbian and bisexual women have a right to have a screening, and if you are unlucky enough to experience homophobia during your appointment, you have the law on your side and there are ways to report it.

For more information on cervical screening contact the LGF on 0845 3 30 30 30, or visit www.lgf.org.uk/screening

August 2011