Lesbians' Sexual Activities and Efforts to Reduce Risks for Sexually Transmitted Diseases

  title={Lesbians' Sexual Activities and Efforts to Reduce Risks for Sexually Transmitted Diseases},
  author={Allison L. Diamant and Janet Lever and Mark A. Schuster},
  journal={Journal of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association},
Introduction: Little information is available regarding the specific sexual practices of lesbians, and whether these activities may carry an associated health risk. Methods: Self-identified lesbians from all U.S. states (N = 6935) responded to a questionnaire that was printed in a national biweekly gay, lesbian and bisexual news magazine. Items included sexual practices engaged in with women during the past 1 and 5 years, past history of a sexually transmitted disease (STD), number and gender… 

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