Cyprus Journal of Medical Sciences
Original Article

Evaluation of the Psychosocial Effects of Long-Term Genital HPV Infection


Department of Dermatology, Doctor Al-Sa Aesthetic & Cosmetic Dermatology Clinic, Ankara, Turkey


Department of Dermatology, Ankara Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey


Department of Dermatology, Medical Park Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Cyprus J Med Sci 2020; 5: 88-92
DOI: 10.5152/cjms.2020.1625
Read: 92 Downloads: 59 Published: 07 April 2020


Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. This study purposed to evaluate the psychosocial effects of long-term genital HPV infection.


Overall, 77 male patients with genital HPV infection were included. The Dermatological Life Quality Index (DLQI), State-Trait Anxiety Inventory scales (STAI 1-2), and the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) were used to assess the psychological burden of patients. In addition, they were evaluated by a psychiatrist.


The mean age was 37.68±11.67. The mean duration of the disease was 9.74±7.76 months. Overall, 51 patients (66.2%) had more than five lesions. The mean score of the DLQI scale was noted to be 4.58±4.42. Most patients (26; 33.8%) were classified as “small effect on patient’s life,” at a score of 2-5. STAI-1 mean score was 41.74±11.77. Thirty-eight patients (49.4%) were noted to be highly anxious. According to the STAI-2 scale, the mean score was 42.69±9.71, and most patients (40; 51.9%) were noted to be highly anxious. The mean score of BDI was 16.43±11.929, and 27 patients (35.1%) were noted to be moderately depressive. The psychiatrist assessed 14 patients (18.2%) as needing psychiatric medication.


Generally, patients suffering from genital HPV for longer than 3 months are affected negatively psychosocially. Therefore, physicians should approach the patient with kindness, compassion, and patience. In addition, an expert psychiatrist’s support should be sought if necessary.

Cite this article as: Şahan A, Karaosmanoğlu N, Koç E. Evaluation of the Psychosocial Effects of Long-Term Genital HPV Infection. Cyprus J Med Sci 2020; 5(1): 88-92.

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