All the information I have found about herpes is written for heterosexual couples. Are there studies about herpes in lesbians? How can I prevent transmission of the virus to my partner? I'm totally asymptomatic. I'm female, in a relationship with another female.
Prevalence and risk factors for infection with herpes simplex virus type-1 and -2 among lesbians
Sexual health for lesbian and bisexual women - NHS
Cite This Article. The Institute of Medicine emphasized that data on sexually transmitted infections, Pap smear screening, and cervical dysplasia among lesbians were needed to guide clinical practice, policy development, and patient education. Use of surveillance data for this purpose is limited because risk classifications exclude same-gender sex among women or subsume it under behaviors considered as higher risk. However, sexual transmission of human papillomavirus, HIV, Treponema pallidum , and Trichomonas vaginalis between women has been reported. Data indicate that lesbians receive routine Pap smear screening less frequently than is optimal.
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After leaving an abusive relationship three years prior, she finally found the courage to start dating again. From her experience with Planned Parenthood, Sarah knew that herpes is not included on standard STI screening panels, so she requested to be tested. A week after the test, Sarah received a call from her doctor notifying her that she tested positive for genital herpes and the human papillomavirus HPV. The dual diagnosis rekindled feelings that Sarah had buried from her old relationship.