Prescription for change: lesbian and bisexual women's health check 2008

Document type
Survey
Author(s)
Hunt, Ruth; Fish, Julie
Publisher
Stonewall
Date of publication
1 January 2008
Subject(s)
Health Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This national survey of lesbian and bisexual women's health needs and experiences was conducted in 2008. It found that lesbians were more likely to have smoked and to drink heavily than women in general. At various ages they were less likely to have had a smear test and more likely to have had breast cancer. Levels of self harm and suicide for this group are also significantly higher than in the wider population. Half have had negative experience of healthcare and a similar number feel unable to be open about their sexual orientation to their GP.

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