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The lived experience of genital warts: The Swedish example
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
Ersta Sköndal University College and Växjo University, Sweden.
2004 (English)In: Health Care for Women International, ISSN 0739-9332, E-ISSN 1096-4665, Vol. 25, no 5, 489-502 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Our aim in this study was to analyze and describe young Swedish women's experiences of living with genital warts. Interviews with 10 young women, aged 16-21 years, were interpreted within a lifeworld hermeneutic tradition. The women experience themselves as victims of a disgusting disease. Furthermore, they appear to disregard the fact that their own lifestyles could be a risk factor for contracting venereal infections. On the other hand they get to know their bodies better after the gynecological examinations where the treatment begins. Their loss of innocence is considerable; thus it seems fair to compare this experience with earlier epochs' ideas about loss of virginity due to the first intercourse. Consequently the young women also start looking at themselves as adults, and they take responsibility for the consequences of their sexuality.

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Routledge, 2004. Vol. 25, no 5, 489-502 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-1485DOI: 10.1080/07399330490438378PubMedID: 15204815Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-2442444849OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-1485DiVA: diva2:31761
Available from: 2007-07-02 Created: 2007-07-02 Last updated: 2014-08-19Bibliographically approved

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