Hidradenitis Suppurativa: 1


Women were more likely than men to experience a number of adverse sexual health outcomes associated with hidradenitis suppurativa, according to a systematic review.

Danielle Yee, MD, of University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues culled 789 relevant citations from PubMed and Embase databases down to 13 papers addressing sexual health in the HS setting. They then investigated gender differences in sexual health in this patient population.

Results indicated that compared with healthy controls, individuals with HS experience significant impairments in sexual function.

For men, lower sexual quality of life as assessed by the Sexual Quality of Life Questionnaire for Use in Men (P < .0001) and lower function as assessed by the International Index of Erectile Function (P = .019) were reported compared with those without HS.

Among women, elevated sexual distress as assessed by the Female Sexual Distress Scale-Revised (P = .002) and lower sexual function as assessed by the Female Sexual Function Index (P=0.01) were reported for HS populations compared with no HS.

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Kathy Andrews
Managing Editor
Journal of Clinical & Experimental Dermatology Research