I've only had sex with women - do I need to be screened?

The virus which causes cervical cancer (HPV or human papillomavirus) can be passed between women. As with other sexually transmitted infections, HPV is passed on through skin-to -skin contact and some body fluids. Oral sex, transferring vaginal fluids on hands and fingers, or sharing sex toys, can all be ways of being exposed to HPV.  For this reason, it is still advisable to be screened.