Quality of Life and Use of Health Care among People with Genital Herpes in France

F. Taboulet, B. Halioua, J.-E. Malkin
1999 Acta Dermato-Venereologica  
In order to assess psychological morbidity in France related to genital herpes infection, we carried out a transversal study comparing infected patients with a control group. A total of 236 patients with genital herpes were ®rst identi®ed by means of a postal survey, then matched against a witness group of 236 noninfected persons. Detailed questionnaires were sent out to each person in the 2 groups. A total of 150 herpes patients and 200 non-infected persons answered the questionnaire, which
more » ... tionnaire, which enabled us to measure the incidence of the disease by means of 2 indicators: a herpes-speci®c scale and the SF-36 quality of life questionnaire. Emotional trauma due to genital herpes was reported amongst 23% of the participants. Of the participants, 57% indicated that herpes interfered with their sexual relationships; 50% felt it dif®cult to live with genital herpes; and 37% felt that herpes ruins their lives. An analysis assessing healthrelated quality of life indicated signi®cant differences between the scores of the 2 groups and showed that quality of life is lower amongst herpes patients. Respondents with genital herpes required more frequent consultations with GPs (81% vs. 73%), and signi®cantly more frequent consultations with specialists (59% vs. 45%). Our study con®rms that substantial psychological morbidity exists in patients with genital herpes.
doi:10.1080/000155599750010337 pmid:10494718 fatcat:bakaylzqazfphphqvmys72rsme