Women who report having sex with women: British national probability data on prevalence, sexual behaviors, and health outcomes


Mercer, CH; Bailey, JV; Johnson, AM; Erens, B; Wellings, K; Fenton, KA; Copas, AJ; (2007) Women who report having sex with women: British national probability data on prevalence, sexual behaviors, and health outcomes. American journal of public health, 97 (6). pp. 1126-1133. ISSN 0090-0036 DOI: https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2006.086439

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Abstract

Objectives. We estimated the prevalence of same-sex experience among women and compared women reporting sex with women and men and women reporting sex exclusively with women with women reporting sex exclusively with men, in terms of sociodemographics and sexual, reproductive, and general health risk behaviors and outcomes. Methods. We used a British probability survey (n=6399 women, aged 16 to 44 years) conducted from 1999 to 2001 with face-to-face interviewing and computer-assisted self-interviewing. Results. We found that 4.9% of the women reported same-sex partner(s) ever; 2.8% reported sex with women in the past 5 years (n = 178); 85.0% of these women also reported male partner(s) in this time. Compared with women who reported sex exclusively with men, women who reported sex with women and men reported significantly greater male partner numbers, unsafe sex, smoking, alcohol consumption, and intravenous drug use and had an increased likelihood of induced abortion and sexually transmitted infection diagnoses (age-adjusted odds ratios=3.07 and 4.41, respectively). Conclusions. For women, a history of sex with women may be a marker for increased risk of adverse sexual, reproductive, and general health outcomes compared with women who reported sex exclusively with men. A nonjudgmental review of female patients'sexual history should help practitioners discuss risks that women may face.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Adolescent, Adult, Female, Great Britain, epidemiology, Health Status, Homosexuality, Female, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Logistic Models, Prevalence, Probability, Risk Factors, Risk-Taking, Sexual Behavior
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
PubMed ID: 17463372
Web of Science ID: 246867200029
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/8452

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