Dee Mason and Lisa Daniel
Dee Mason and Lisa Daniel

This new campaign empowers LGBTIQ people with a cervix to have regular screening.

Melbourne ‘Driving You Homo’ JOY FM radio presenters Dee Mason and Lisa Daniel are encouraging and empowering LGBTIQ people with a cervix to have regular cervical screenings.

In a light-hearted campaign video, Dee says “If you’re a human with a cervix – and your bits have touched anybody else’s bits, ever (absolutely ever) then you might have been exposed to HPV and that nasty little virus can cause cervical cancer.”

The campaign was based on the results of a survey of 303 Victorians with a cervix who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, same-sex attracted, transgender, or who have an intersex variation. The study was commissioned by PapScreen Victoria and delivered by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University.

The research showed that people who had never had a Pap test thought they didn’t need one because of their sexual or gender identity, worried about being misgendered, or receiving homophobic or transphobic comments by their health care provider.

The results also showed that the community feels they receive less adequate health care than women whose assigned gender at birth matches their bodies and gender identity.

Hiranthi Perera, a spokesperson for PapScreen Victoria, said the campaign would offer useful information for the community, such as links to health providers across Australia who have been recommended by the community as being sensitive to LGBTIQ people.

“Our awareness campaign will draw attention to the fact that all people with a cervix are equally at risk of cervical cancer, while empowering them to participate in cervical screening and know what to do in case they feel judged, discriminated or uncomfortable with their service provider,” said Perera.

The campaign will also be complemented with a new fact sheet for health professionals to make their clinics and health care more sensitive to the needs of the LGBTIQ community.

Watch the video below!