RESEARCH ARTICLE


Impact of HPV Infection on the Quality of Life in Young Women



J. Escalas*, 1, C. Rodriguez-Cerdeir2, A. Guerra-Tapia3
1 Dermatology department, Hospital Son Dureta, Islas Baleares, Spain
2 Dermatology Department, CHUVI & University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain
3 Dermatology Department, Hospital Doce de Octubre, Madrid, Spain


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© 2009 Escalas et al.

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* Address correspondence to this author at the Dermatology Department, Hospital Son Dureta, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Tel: 670084531; Fax: 00- 34-971208616; E-mail:jetpalma@hotmail.com


Abstract

The possibility to acquire sexually transmitted diseases generates bio-psycho-social conflicts affecting women’s daily lives. We try to investigate the knowledge of women on the concept of being infected by the human papilloma virus (HPV) and to understand the significance they attributed to their condition as HPV carriers. Studies on women who have had anomalous Pap Test results have highlighted psychological consequences like anxiety, fear of cancer, sexual problems, changes in body image, difficulty in reproductive functions, hypochondria, a sense of heedlessness and anger.

We think that it is possible to understand the necessity of assistance, orientation and the opportunity to listen to them.

Keywords: HPV, mental disturbs, quality life.