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BARBOSA, Regina Maria  and  KOYAMA, Mitti Ayako Hara. Women who have sex with women: estimates for Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2006, vol.22, n.7, pp.1511-1514. ISSN 1678-4464.

This paper analyzes the proportion of Brazilian women who have sex with women, considering three time periods. The data are from a national population-based survey from 1998. The proportion of the female population who reported having any same-sex relations during their lifetime decreased from 3% to 1.7% in the previous five years and remained at 1.7% in the last year. Comparing the data by gender, the results suggest that women and men have different patterns of homosexual and heterosexual experiences over the course of their lives.

Keywords : Female Homosexuality; Sexual Intercourse; Sexual Behavior; Sexuality.

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