The few studies to date note that many women who have sex with women engage in a number of high-risk behaviors which may increase both the risk of getting and transmitting HIV. These other risk factors, such as intravenous (in the vein) drug use and unprotected sex with men, may be masking HIV transmission risks of woman-to-woman sex.
Good information on risks associated with woman-to-woman HIV transmission has not been collected. In the meantime, it's best to play safe and refrain from easy assumptions about HIV and STD transmission risks.
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