Effects of sexually transmitted infection status, relationship status, and disclosure status on sexual self-concept

Newton, Danielle Caroline and McCabe, Marita 2008, Effects of sexually transmitted infection status, relationship status, and disclosure status on sexual self-concept, Journal of sex research, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 187-192.

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Title Effects of sexually transmitted infection status, relationship status, and disclosure status on sexual self-concept
Author(s) Newton, Danielle Caroline
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Journal of sex research
Volume number 45
Issue number 2
Start page 187
End page 192
Total pages 6
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Pa, United States
Publication date 2008-04
ISSN 0022-4499
1559-8519
Summary Research has indicated that having a sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as genital herpes and genital human papilloma virus (HPV) can have a negative impact on an individual's sexuality. The current study was designed to evaluate the effect of STI status, relationship status, and disclosure status on various dimensions of sexual self-concept. A questionnaire that evaluated the above variables was completed by 117 individuals with genital herpes, 82 individuals with HPV, and 75 individuals with no STI. The results demonstrated that having herpes or HPV had a significant negative impact on aspects of sexual self-concept. It does not appear that an individual's relationship status is a factor associated with the impact of having an STI on the sexual self-concept. Respondents who had disclosed their STI to their partners, however, had significantly more positive feelings about aspects of their sexual self-concept than those who had not disclosed their STI to their partners. The implications of these research findings for health practitioners are discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017411

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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