25/02/2013

HPV infection in women: psychosexual impact of genital warts and intraepithelial lesions


Graziottin A. Serafini A.
HPV infection in women: psychosexual impact of genital warts and intraepithelial lesions
in: Takac I. (Ed), Recent advances in cervical cancer, Transworld Research Network, Kerala, India, 2012, p. 69-85

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The literature on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is substantial and increasing. The main areas of research include the virological characteristics of HPVs, epidemiology, medical and oncological impact of the infection and related diseases, prevention strategies through appropriate barrier contraception, pap-smear screening and the potential role of vaccines. However, research investigating the relationship between HPV infections and sexual dysfunctions in women is limited. It is only in recent years that research in this area has increased.
The chapter will analyze the impact of HPVs infections on women’s psychosexual health. A concise summary of key medical steps (epidemiology, gender-related issues, diagnosis and treatment) will be included to reset the pertinent medical scenario, while referring to specific chapters for a detailed discussion. Medical consequences such as urogenital and proctologic comorbidity will be included when they interfere with the sexuality of the woman and the couple.

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