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January 16, 2015

New study finds negative social stigmas for bisexuals are causing mental health problems

Bisexual women are more likely to suffer poor mental health compared to lesbians.

A new study published in the Journal of Public Health has claimed  bisexual women were 65% more likely to report eating problems and 37% were more likely to self-harm than lesbians.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also found they were more likely to have suffered from depression and anxiety than lesbians.

June 10, 2013

Lesbian and bisexual women urged to come forward for HPV testing and not to take no for an answer from healthcare professionals

Lesbian and bisexual women are risking their lives because they are not being tested for cervical cancer – and often doctors even tell them they don't need to be.

It's one of the issues LGBT health experts want to highlight as Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust marks Cervical Screening Awareness Week (CSAW).

Other lesbian and bi women believe they may not be at risk – or are worried about being tested because they don't want to reveal their sexual orientation.

December 21, 2012

The University of Melbourne claims gay women can stop symptoms of depression if they have children

An Australian study has found gay women are more likely to drink excessively as a result of depression.

The University of Melbourne studied the correlation between excessive drinking, recreational drug use and the mental health among lesbians 18 years and over.

Professor Ruth McNair found lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are two to three times more likely to experience depression and anxiety, Australian News reports.

November 1, 2012

Analysis of official Scottish health survey findings shows lesbians and gays drink at hazardous or harmful levels, as well as possibly facing a problem with smoking  

Scotland’s chief statistician today announced the publication of a Scottish Health Survey topic report on 'equality groups'.

The report found that respondents who identify as lesbian and gay drank and smoke more than the average general population.

Equality campaigners called upon the Scottish government to expand future research and better address health needs of the LGBT community in the country.

August 22, 2012

Australian study finds lesbian and bisexual women are less likely to have a cervical smear

Lesbians are more likely to binge drink and take drugs, according to a new study in Australia.

In the survey of almost 900 women, Western Australia's Curtin University found that lesbian and bisexual women use legal and illegal drugs more than the general population.

Drinking was also found to be higher. While 86% of the sample reported they drank alcohol, which is similar to the broader population, levels of risky drinking were higher.