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[Women who have sex with women: their sexual biography, reproductive health and experience with violence]

Abstract : OBJECTIVE: To compare sociodemographic characteristics, sexual and reproductive biographies and experience of violence according to the fact that women have or have not had homosexual relationship. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From the national survey on violence against women in France carried out in 2000 by phone, two groups have been compared: 78 women who have had at least one woman sexual partner and 6332 women who have had only male partners during lifetime. RESULTS: Women who have had sexual relationships with women more often have high level social positions and live in large cities. They have a more diverse sexual life that they begin younger and more partners, mainly men. They use contraception less often. They have more sexually transmitted infections and are more often tested for HIV. They visit gynaecologists as often as other women. They are more often victims of violence, especially physical violence as adults. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: These results, in an understudied field in France, are consistent with findings from the international literature. They attest to the difficulties women may be confronted with in situations where autonomy and marginality are combined. Doctors need to be better informed about the diversity of their trajectories in order to provide appropriate medical care.
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Marie-Josèphe Saurel-Cubizolles, Brigitte Lhomond. [Women who have sex with women: their sexual biography, reproductive health and experience with violence]. Gynécologie Obstétrique & Fertilité, Elsevier Masson, 2005, 33, pp.776-82. ⟨10.1016/j.gyobfe.2005.08.003⟩. ⟨inserm-00085379⟩



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