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Intro to Lesbian and Bisexual Womens Health Issues

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Research on lesbian’s experiences with the health care system tells us that many have had negative experiences with health care providers[1] [2].

In a study of 98 lesbian and bisexual women in a maritime province:

  • 38% reported avoiding routine physical and/or mental health care at least once due to their sexual orientation

  • 32% of the women did not get regular breast screening and pap smears[3].


1. Saulnier CF. Deciding who to see: lesbians discuss their preferences in health and mental health care providers. Social Work. 2002;47(4):355-365.

2. Roberts SJ. Lesbian health research: a review and recommendations for future research. Health Care for Women International. 2001;22:537-552.

3. Mathieson CM, Bailey N, Gurevich M. Health care services for lesbian and bisexual women: some Canadian data. Health Care for Women International. 2002;23:185-196.

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