By Atiya Jones
Even though the risk of HIV is low for lesbians there are still some activities that can put women who have sex with women at risk for HIV infection.
Oral Sex – Even though the risk is low through oral sex anything involving bodily fluid causes a risk. And it increases if a there is a sore or cut in the mouth or genital area or if someone is on her period. To make oral sex safer a dental dam has to be used. A dental dam is a latex barrier that is spread over the vagina to protection the mouth from coming in contact with vaginal fluids or blood.
S & M – Rough sex which may result in bleeding and breaks in the skin such as fisting increases the risk for STDs
Semen Donation – When trying to get pregnant a woman should always know her donor’s medical history and risk factors as in sexual history and drug use.
Drug Use – Just like with any other group sharing needles during drug use increases the risk for HIV.
Sex With Men – Some lesbians still engage in unsafesex with men.