‘I’m so scared’: Love Island star Shauna Phillips reveals she has HPV as she urges fans to get smears
Shauna Philips has revealed that her latest smear test showed she was HPV positive.
The 28-year-old former Love Island star shared the latest results of her cervical screening test on Instagram on Monday morning, urging her followers not to miss their appointments.
HPV stands for Human Papillomavirus, which the NHS describes as “a very common group of viruses”. While HPV doesn’t cause any problems for most people, some types can cause genital warts or cancer.
There is no blood test for HPV, it is detected during cervical screening.
‘I’m so scared’: Love Island star Shauna Phillips revealed Monday she has HPV as she urges fans to get smears
“I told you a few weeks ago that I’m on a three-year routine smear test and urge anyone who misses an appointment or thinks they’re overdue,” Shawner said on her Instagram Story.
She went on to explain how scary the whole process was, saying: “I received my results yesterday and some of the cells had changed, called ‘critical changes’, and needed further testing. I also tested positive for HPV.
She continued: “Of course I was terrified at first, and despite everyone I talked to reassured me how common it was, it was still scary.”
Scared: The 28-year-old former Love Island star shared the latest results of her cervical screening test on Instagram as she urged her followers not to miss their dates
The Love Island star also shared that “I didn’t realize I still had a hard time hearing ‘biopsy, anything ending in ‘microscopy’, and of course cancer’ related to my extreme trauma. , so wrote to It really shocked me to read them in one of my letters.
Shauna went on to say that she was “delighted” to share her smear test results because she was “frightened”.
She added that many of her fans were quick to respond to her story, sharing how many of them had the same results, however, they were fine.
“Of course I was very scared at first, and while everyone I talked to assured me how common it was, it was still scary,” Shawner said.
During a cervical screening appointment, a small sample of cells is taken from your cervix.
The sample is checked for the presence of certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV), which cause changes in the cells of the cervix. These are called “high-risk” types of HPV.
If these types of HPV are not found, no further testing is required.
If these types of HPV are found, then the sample is checked for any changes in the cells of the cervix. They can then be treated before they have a chance to turn into cervical cancer.
What is HPV?Infection linked to 99% of cervical cancer cases
Up to 8 in 10 people will get HPV in their lifetime
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the name for a group of viruses that affect your skin and the moist membranes in your body.
It is very common through vaginal, anal and oral sex, and skin-to-skin contact between the genitals.
As many as 8 out of 10 people will contract the virus at some point in their lives.
There are more than 100 types of HPV. About 30 of them affect the genital area. Genital HPV infection is common and highly contagious.
Many people never develop symptoms, as they can appear years after infection, and most cases go away without treatment.
It can cause genital warts and is also known to cause cervical cancer by producing abnormal tissue growths.
Each year, an average of 38,000 HPV-related cancers are diagnosed in the US, 3,100 cervical cancers and about 2,000 other cancers in men in the UK.
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