This collaboration with the then The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, now the LGBT Foundation, evaluated methods to increase awareness and enhance participation in cervical screening programmes.
Despite guidance regarding the need for LGB women to have regular cervical screening tests, there were, and continue to be, elements of confusion and contradiction. Barriers to accessing appropriate screening for LGB women have been exposed and confirmed across studies including: a reluctance to disclose sexual orientation to health care workers, fear of discrimination, and negative experiences of heterosexism through heteronormative questioning or assumptions of sexual orientation.
This project consisted of an awareness raising campaign, and research was conducted both before and following this campaign, in order to better understand the experiences and behaviours of LGB women, and to measure the success of the campaign itself.
The full project report is accessible here.