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Am J Public Health. 2001 Jun;91(6):972-5.

Behavioral risk factors for disease and preventive health practices among lesbians.

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University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., USA. debaaron@pitt.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study compared the prevalence of health behaviors among lesbians and in the general population of women.

METHODS:

We used a cross-sectional community-based survey of 1010 self-identified lesbians 18 years or older.

RESULTS:

Compared with the general population of women, lesbians were more likely to report cigarette use, alcohol use, and heavy alcohol use. A higher percentage of lesbians were categorized as overweight, and lesbians were more likely to participate in vigorous physical activity. They were less likely to report having had a Papanicolaou test within the past 2 years but more likely to report ever having had a mammogram.

CONCLUSIONS:

While there may be differences in health behaviors between lesbians and the general population of women, how these differences influence the risk of subsequent disease is unknown.

PMID:
11392943
PMCID:
PMC1446477
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.91.6.972
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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