Australian lesbian and bisexual women's health and social experiences of living with hepatitis C.

Research paper by Cathy C Banwell, Gabriele G Bammer, Sandra M SM Gifford, Mary L ML O'Brien

Indexed on: 16 Jul '05Published on: 16 Jul '05Published in: Health care for women international


We recruited women in two Australian locations to complete a questionnaire on their health and social experiences of living with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Among 462 respondents 9% identified themselves as lesbian and 14% as bisexual. Bisexuals were more disadvantaged than lesbians or heterosexuals on income, work status, home ownership, and level of education. Lesbians and bisexuals were less likely to be referred for HCV treatment and were more likely to report being treated negatively by any health professional. Lesbians and bisexuals experience HCV differently from one another and from heterosexuals. Their needs are not being met by women's health and HCV-specific services.