Genital human papillomavirus infection: common but not trivial

Health Care Women Int. 1995 Jul-Aug;16(4):351-64. doi: 10.1080/07399339509516188.


One of the most prevalent sexually transmitted diseases is genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Because of its potentially serious consequences for women, HPV infection is receiving a significant amount of attention from researchers and clinicians. We summarize the research and clinical literature on HPV infection. The nature of the virus, the prevalence of HPV infection, and modes of transmission are discussed. Both the physiological and psychological consequences of the infection are explored. Perspectives on treatment are examined, and suggestions for psychoeducational interventions are offered.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Papillomaviridae*
  • Papillomavirus Infections* / epidemiology
  • Papillomavirus Infections* / therapy
  • Papillomavirus Infections* / transmission
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases* / epidemiology
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases* / therapy
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases* / transmission
  • Tumor Virus Infections* / epidemiology
  • Tumor Virus Infections* / therapy
  • Tumor Virus Infections* / transmission
  • Women's Health