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HPV and Cervical Cancer prevention

After receiving an irregular Pap test and testing positive for HPV, Danielle was diagnosed with cervical pre-cancer. She describes her  fear and follow up treatment to prevent cancer from developing.


Danielle Sepulveres Part 1 of 2 HPV Tried to Wreck My Life, But I Learned How to Fight Back!

Certain types of high-risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV) are the known cause of almost all cases of cervical cancer. When I tested positive for HPV, unlike most women, my body didn’t clear it right away, and I was dealing with a diagnosis of cervical pre-cancer. Thankfully, after multiple procedures, my healthcare provider was able to remove the pre-cancerous cells, and my persistent HPV infection was stopped from causing more damage. But along the way, I also experienced the stigma from having this specific diagnosis, and I’m here to say “Let’s end the blame and shame game when it comes to HPV…if it can happen to me, it can happen to you or anyone”. I’m thankful I knew my risk for cervical cancer, before it turned into something more serious.

Danielle Sepulveres, NYC based freelance writer for women’s health, pop culture and relationships, Author of “The Semi-Scandalous Story of an Ex-Virgin”, HPV #cervivor, and HUGE baseball fan.


Danielle Sepulveres Part 2 of 2, Screening for One, Screening for All! But What’s a Positive HPV Test Mean Anyway?

Good news! There are ways to prevent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection from turning into cervical cancer. Screening tests that look for HPV DNA are more accurate than the Pap test alone. And screening for high risk HPV types, that can lead to cervical cancer, to know if you are at risk, is one way to prevent disease from developing. But should you panic if you get a positive HPV test? The answer is no, and know that your situation can vary, depending upon age, screening history, and other factors. It’s always better to know, so you can take the necessary follow-up steps recommended by your healthcare provider.

Danielle Sepulveres, NYC based freelance writer for women’s health, pop culture and relationships, Author of “The Semi-Scandalous Story of an Ex-Virgin”, HPV #cervivor, and HUGE baseball fan. 


Who I am

Danielle is the author of the book "Losing It: The Semi-Scandalous Story of an Ex-Virgin." After receiving an irregular Pap test result and testing positive for HPV, she was diagnosed with cervical pre-cancer. Danielle describes her confusion, fear and follow up treatment to prevent cancer from developing.


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If your life has been touched by cervical cancer in some way, we want to hear it from you. Your personal story can help us inspire others to get tested for cervical cancer or cope with the cervical cancer diagnosis.

 

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