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Emotional Stigma Leaves Genital Warts Sufferers in the Dark

May 17, 2011

Sufferers reluctant to tell partners and physicians

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TORONTO, May 17 /PRNewswire/ – Genital warts, caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is often the silent part of
HPV kept behind closed doors.(i) While HPV prevention is openly discussed, for the more than 300,000
Canadians already living with genital warts,(ii) prevention for them is ‘too little, too late.’

“The HPV vaccine is the first line prevention and should be taken for
precautionary measures,” says Dr. Marc Steben, clinician at l’ActuelSTI
clinic and associate clinician at the Direction of Biological Risks and
Health at Work at the Qu©bec National Public Health Institute. “The
psychological and sexual health of those already suffering from new or
recurrent genital warts is often not taken into account.”

Genital warts are usually painless but can cause itching or a burning
sensation and occasionally, minor bleeding. They are contagious and are
spread during oral, vaginal or anal sex with an infected partner.(iii)

A new survey(i)(v) shows that more than half of Canadians (54 per cent) would be ashamed
if they had genital warts.(v) A further 53 per cent say their self-esteem would dramatically decrease(vi) and 44 per cent would worry that family and friends would judge them.(vii) Genital warts is a sexually transmitted infection (STI), so when it
comes to romantic relationships, it’s no surprise that one in three
Canadians (32 per cent) worry they wouldn’t find love if they had
genital warts.(viii)

The emotional stigma is so profound that some Canadians (10 per cent)
say that if they had genital warts they would avoid telling their
partner.(ix) The embarrassment not only keeps them from telling their partners, but
also from telling their doctor, with one in three Canadians (34 per
cent) admitting this.(x)

“This is extremely concerning because if you see an irregular lump or
bump on your genitals, you need to see a doctor immediately,” says Dr.
Steben. “Early treatment of genital warts is the first step in
overcoming fears and getting control over the condition.”

Treatment for genital warts varies, but 58 per cent of Canadians would
prefer a prescription cream over some of the more invasive treatments
available, particularly among younger respondents aged 18 to 34 (67 per
cent).(xi)

“There is a new once-daily dosing treatment cream available for genital
wart sufferers,” says Dr. Steben. “You can apply it yourself in the
privacy of your home, making the process simple and convenient.”

Canadians should speak to their doctor about the many treatment options
available for genital warts. Gentialwarts.ca is a new resource for Canadians looking for information on what causes
genital warts, what the symptoms are and available treatment
options. Canadians can also connect with others or join a discussion on
genital warts at genitalwartspatients.com. If you are living with genital warts there is support on how to cope
and live a normal life. 


    iGenitalwarts.cahttp://www.genitalwarts.ca/do_i_have_genital_warts.html

    iiHPVInfo.ca http://www.hpvinfo.ca/hpvinfo/professionals/overview-3.aspx

    iiiHPVInfo.cahttp://hpvinfo.ca/hpvinfo/adults/complications-risks.aspx

    ivLeger Marketing Survey - Poll Questions: Report. February 2011 p 8

    vLeger Marketing Survey - attitudes and opinions on genital warts. February 2011 p 28

    viLeger Marketing Survey - attitudes and opinions on genital warts. February 2011 p 25

    viiLeger Marketing Survey - attitudes and opinions on genital warts. February 2011 p 22

    viiiLeger Marketing Survey - attitudes and opinions on genital warts. February 2011 p 15

    ixLeger Marketing Survey - attitudes and opinions on genital warts. February 2011 p 18

    xLeger Marketing Survey - attitudes and opinions on genital warts. February 2011 p 31

    xiLeger Marketing Survey - attitudes and opinions on genital warts. February 2011 p 47

 

 

SOURCE Graceway Pharmaceuticals Canada


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