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Physis: Revista de Saúde Coletiva

versão impressa ISSN 0103-7331versão On-line ISSN 1809-4481

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MATEBENI, Zethu; CAMARGO, Thais Medina Coeli Rochel de; CAMARGO JR, Kenneth Rochel de  e  DIAS, Laércio Fidelis. All Sexed Up: young black lesbian women's responses to safe(r) sex in Johannesburg, South Africa. Physis [online]. 2009, vol.19, n.2, pp.333-348. ISSN 1809-4481.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S0103-73312009000200005.

Lesbian women's health and sexual health is a theme not generally discussed in our societies. Women's' health issues are generally classified under one umbrella, and exclude some of the concerns specific to lesbian women. Lesbian women in general do not have the same health-seeking behaviours as heterosexual women. This is due to a number of reasons including: lack of knowledge about lesbian sexual health and sexual risk, fear of stigmatization by service providers, and the "coming out" process to unfamiliar and sometimes unsympathetic health-related service providers. Furthermore, limited research on lesbians and lesbian health in South Africa makes it difficult for lesbian women to know what sexual health issues affect them specifically, where and how to address these issues. There is a general misconception that safe sex issues do not affect lesbian women as much as they affect heterosexual women. The paper presents views of a group of young self-identified lesbian women in South Africa between the ages of 18 and 35. Through self-administered questionnaires and discussions these women share their experiences and thoughts of lesbian (safe) sex and how they have related and continue to relate sexually with other women in the time of HIV and Aids.

Palavras-chave : Lesbian; gender; identity; sexuality; HIV and Aids; South Africa.

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