Cervical Cancer Prevention Week Jan 22 - 28th

Publish Date: 20/01/2012

All women between the ages of 25-64 are eligible for a cervical screening test. The Lesbian & Gay Foundation's Are You Ready For Your Screen Test? campaign is aimed at raising awareness that lesbian and bisexual women need regular cervical screening tests too.

Annie Emery, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Programmes Manager said “Over the years, some lesbian and bisexual women accessing screening have experienced homophobia, assumptions that they are heterosexual, inappropriate treatment and, most damaging of all, misinformation about their health when it comes to cervical screening.”

“We want lesbian and bisexual women to be getting the best and most accurate health information to help them make informed decisions about their body and their health. We also want lesbian and bisexual women to know exactly what services are available to them.  If a woman has been sexually active with a woman or a man she should be accessing cervical screening services.”

Research that The LGF and the University of Salford carried out in 2010 with lesbian and bisexual women, found that just 49% of respondents of an eligible age (25-64) had been for a cervical screening test within NHS recommended time scales (within 3 years for women aged 25-49, and within 5 years for women aged 50-64).

However, after The LGF's awareness raising campaign, 73% of respondants to the post campaign survey had been for a cervical screening test, just highlighting that more information and awareness about an issue can result in real behaviour change.

This Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, take action and find out more about it's symptoms and causes, and ways to prevent it.

For more information Visit: www.jostrust.org.uk, and download The LGF's Are You Ready for Your Screen Test? guide for lesbian and bisexual women here.

Cervical cancer can be prevented.