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Support for the HPV Toolkit is provided by Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck and Co., Inc.

A diagnosis of HPV and/or a related disease often carries a large psychosocial burden. Research indicates that having genital warts, for example, is associated with lower quality of life scores.

Anxiety, depression, pain, and discomfort have been shown to be greater for patients with warts.44 Specific complaints include frustration with treatment regimens, feelings of shame, and worries about relationships.45

Clinicians should be mindful that HPV diagnosis carries shame and stigma. In the 2010 STD treatment guidelines, the CDC recommends sharing the following information in patient counseling, as appropriate22: