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J Health Psychol. 2015 Aug;20(8):1073-82. doi: 10.1177/1359105313507963. Epub 2013 Nov 11.

Negative emotions and stigma associated with a human papillomavirus test result: A comparison between human papillomavirus-positive men and women.

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1
University of South Florida, USA edaley@health.usf.edu.
2
University of South Florida, USA.

Abstract

Human papillomavirus has largely been framed as a women's health issue, and the psychosocial impact of human papillomavirus among men remains unclear. In this study, we found that women infected with human papillomavirus (n = 154) experienced a greater degree of negative emotions and stigma than human papillomavirus-infected men (n = 190). Among women, younger age and less education were associated with greater expression of negative emotions and stigma. Conversely, being single was significantly associated with a greater degree of negative emotions and stigma beliefs among men. These findings suggest the need to re-frame messages that both men and women receive regarding human papillomavirus.

KEYWORDS:

cancer; health education; men’s health; sexual health; women’s health

PMID:
24217064
DOI:
10.1177/1359105313507963
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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