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Women's Health

HPV and Lesbians

12/10/2009

Question:

I know hpv is an std, but I want to know how high the risk of catching it is during lesbian sex?

Answer:

HPV can be transmitted through intimate contact, especially warts. Although the incidence of warts and cervical HPV related disease is less in lesbians, there certainly is a risk of transmitting the virus. Often there is a history of heterosexual experience.

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Response by:

Deborah A Bartholomew, MD Deborah A Bartholomew, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University