Health needs of women who have sex with women

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7437.464-a (Published 19 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:464

Cervical screening is offered without asking for sexual preferences

  1. Julietta Patnick, director (julietta.patnick{at}sheffield-ha.nhs.uk),
  2. Catherine M Davison, information manager
  1. NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, Sheffield S11 9PS
  2. NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, Sheffield S11 9PS

    EDITOR—With reference to the editorial by Hughes and Evans, we emphasise that the NHS cervical screening programme offers cervical screening to all women without inquiring about their sexual behaviour.1

    We agree that many women who have sex with women have, at some time, also had a sexual relationship with a man, and their risk is no less than for the majority of the population. Women who have never been sexually active with a man are equally entitled to cervical screening and may wish to discuss their situation with their general practitioner or sexual health adviser before making an informed decision about whether to participate in the programme or not.


    • Competing interests None declared


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