Lesbian and bisexual women cervical screening awareness campaign

5 October 2010

Until recently, lesbian and bisexual women were generally not thought to have been at risk from HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer, but it can be passed on during sexual activity between two women.

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

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

The LGF are launching a new campaign to raise awareness within the lesbian and bisexual communities of the north west, that if they are aged between 25 and 64, they are entitled to free cervical screening.

The booklet can be downloaded from here.

The LGF are holding three launch events in October:-

  • Blackpool - Friday 22 October, 4pm-6pm - Mardis Gras Bar, 114 Talbot Road, FY1 3AY.
  • Liverpool - Wednesday 22 October, 7pm-9pm - Armistead Centre, Musker Buildings, 1 Stanley Street, L1 6AA.
  • Manchester - Thursday 28 October, 7pm-9pm - Vanilla Bar, 39-41 Richmond Street, M1 3WB.

Updated: 26 October 2010