Thanks for your post and I hope some of the others on the board will offer some insight.
Let me say up front I'm hoping some of the women who post on this board will weigh in with insight for you, as they can certainly provide better guidance than what I'll be able to offer you.
I don't have a great deal of expertise in this area, but it seems as if your doctor isn't approaching your diminished sex drive as a physical problem, referring instead to your "confidence" and the emotional factor. It is clear the psychological impact of HPV is significant for many people, and for some can truly be a major issue. Too often there simply aren't adequate resources at hand to cope, either.
Have you checked with your school to see if they offer counseling for students? When I was in college, for example, my Dad passed away and the counseling services at my school were available at little or no cost to help students like me through tough times. Also, sometimes community-based agencies (city/county health department) will offer counseling, and many counselors work on a sliding-scale basis. Student health should be a good place to start for a referral.
We published an article in our journal, HPV News
, about women and coping with gynecologic cancers - most women with HPV don't ever receive a cancer diagnosis, to be sure, and it doesn't sound as if that's exactly what you're dealing with, but you might find the article helpful. I'll put it up as another post.
FYI anyone who is interested, HPV News
is published bimonthly, is distributed in pdf format via email, and subscriptions can be purchased for $25 at www.hpvenews.com
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