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Genital Warts - How to Cope With Psychological and Emotional Pain?

Jul 31, 2008
Aside from being physically disruptive, genital warts may cause the sufferer psychological and emotional pain. It is common for an individual with genital warts or HPV infection to be frustrated, embarrassed, and anxious about having genital warts and the risks associated with it. This is normal, but it would help if you take into the account the fact that genital warts can be controlled and managed. There may not be a cure for the virus itself, but with perseverance and patience, the symptoms will go away. It would also help if you try to overcome your emotions first and concentrate on gathering information about the said disease in order to know how to deal with it. Doing so will definitely help you come to terms with the situation, do something about it, and move on to have a happier and healthier life.

Again, it is normal to feel upset and anxious once you find out you have genital warts. You may even think that you are less attractive, experience a decrease in sex drive, and feel a certain amount of isolation from everyone else. You may even feel angry at your partner, thinking that he/she must have been the one whom you got the infection from even though in reality it is hard to pinpoint who passed on the virus to you. It may take some time to get over these negative emotions, but you should understand that it is still possible to have a normal life even if you have or have had genital warts.

There are many ways to cope emotionally with genital warts. You may talk to someone whom you know you can fully trust. Do not be ashamed to confide in someone about your situation. You are not alone. There are a lot of people out there who are going through the same ordeal. Moreover, as mentioned above, you may join a genital warts support group. You may find such support groups offline or online. With the former, there is a certain amount of human interaction. You will meet with actual people and have in-person conversations. With online support groups, you can voice out your concerns anonymously. Support groups can offer you a lot of useful information, such as resources regarding treatments.

You should also talk to your partner about your situation. But before this, you should do a lot of research about genital warts so that you would be prepared to answer all of his/her questions. Brace yourself for the possibility of rejection. Understand that your partner will feel hurt and confused, just like how you felt at first. Explain that even though there is no cure for the virus, there are a lot of treatment options available that would get rid of the warts. Also mention that in most cases, the virus goes away within two years. Also, tell your partner that not everyone who gets exposed to the virus will get genital warts; a strong immune system is responsible for protecting you. Finally, instead moping about the situation, identify ways on how you can deal with it together.
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