A neglected lesbian health concern: Cervical neoplasia

Daron Gale Ferris, Sanjay Batish, Thomas C. Wright, Christine Cushing, Edwin H. Scott

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Many health care providers believe that lesbian women do not need routine Papanicolaou smears. This erroneous assumption fails to recognize that the majority of lesbian women have had prior heterosexual relationships and thus may be at risk for developing cervical neoplasia. The following case report describes a lesbian woman who denied prior heterosexual intercourse but who developed cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 (CIN 2) associated with a high oncogenic risk human papillomavirus (HPV) type. Sexual contact with multiple lesbian partners who had previous heterosexual relationships likely explains her cervical disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-584
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Family Practice
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996


  • Homosexuality, female
  • cervical neoplasia, intraepithelial
  • papillomavirus, human
  • primary health care
  • vaginal smears, sexually transmitted diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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