Prevention of sexually transmitted diseases by homosexual and bisexual women: a descriptive study

Maria Gomes de Carvalho, Patrícia; Sidartha Martins Nóbrega, Bibiana; Lima Rodrigues, Jayce; Oliveira Almeida, Rejane; Tavares de Mello Abdalla, Fernanda; Yasuko Izumi Nichiata, Lucia
December 2013
Online Brazilian Journal of Nursing;Dec2013, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p931
Academic Journal
Aims: To identify the perception of homosexual and bisexual women with regards to healthcare services and how to prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). Method: This is an exploratory, descriptive and qualitative study, carried out with nine homosexual and bisexual women. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews and treated by thematic analysis. Results: These women regard the search for assistance and healthcare as fundamental. They are aware about STDs; they are unaware of diseases related to homosexual relationships and; they use inadequate and improvised methods of STD prevention. Discussion: homosexual and bisexual women are vulnerable to STDs and other preventable diseases. Conclusion: Health professionals have difficulty listening to and properly accommodating these women. Therefore, we propose a dialogue between health services and these patients to identify their health needs and promote actions for disease prevention and health promotion.


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