HIV/AIDS Policy in South Africa Increases Risks for Lesbians and Bisexual Woman

Though the risk of sexual transmission of HIV between female partners is assumed to be low, scientific evidence shows that lesbians and bisexuals have an increased risk of transmission of certain reproductive tract infections. Therefore, some lesbian activists in South Africa believe that South Africa has wrongly de-prioritized the risk of HIV infection for lesbian and bisexual women.  Also, these activists believe that South Africa’s stance on this issue reinforces the myth that lesbian and bisexual women do not require the same protective measures during intercourse.

Moreover, about 10 percent of lesbian and bisexual women in South Africa are HIV positive – often, it would seem, a result of forced sex.  To read more, click here and here.

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