Women who have sex with women can still get HPV during sex, and should be tested, say health experts.
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The "dangerous myth" that gay and bisexual women cannot get cervical cancer means thousands could be missing out on screening, NHS England says.

Any sexual activity can pass on the HPV virus, which causes the vast majority of cervical cancers.

But a survey suggests one in five LGB women has never been for a test.

Anyone with a cervix, between the ages of 25 and 64 should go for regular screening, health experts said.

The figures are based on a report into attitudes to cervical screening among lesbian, gay and bisexual women in the North West of England.