Lesbian teens who may have had opposite sex partners could have an increased risk of STDs. Women partners may also acquire bacterial, viral and protozoal infections from current and prior partners depending on sexual behavior. However, since most self-identified WSW (53 percent to 99 percent) report having had sex with men and may do it again, STD screening is highly recommended. HPV, which can be transmitted from skin-to-skin contact, can also happen in same-sex partner relationships, especially with women. Cancer screening, regular pap smears and the vaccinations against HPV are recommended to guard against the STI.
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