5 Facts About Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Health

Too often, “women’s health” means “straight women’s health,” and queer ladies are left in the dust. But bisexual and lesbian sexual health shouldn’t be a footnote, because all women — and, in particular, all young women — need to be educated about how various sexual health issues affect them.

As a teen, I was super jealous of my friends who identified as lesbians and would proudly declare they could never get STIs because they only slept with women. Today, there’s a bit more information out on the subject, and, unfortunately, no one is immune to sexually transmitted infections. A study published in Reuters Health found that 1 in 4 women who sleep with women will contract at least one STI in their lives, and another study found that bisexual and lesbian women are more likely to have bacterial vaginosis — although scientists have yet to figure out exactly why …