LOVE Island's Shaughna Phillips was back in hospital and admitted to fans she was terrified.
The former contestant on the ITV2 hit, 28, shared a photo from hospital before she went in for a colposcopy as she 'screamed' for women to get regular smear tests.
Shaughna posted the photo of the colposcopy sign to her Instagram stories.
She captioned the post: "Sun day fun day?
"So I said I would be sharing my experience with you all and currently I'm sh**ting my pants.
"Still screaming for ladies to book their smears!"
The star revealed in May she had tested positive for HPV.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common sexually transmitted infection which affects at least half of people who are sexually active.
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The STI is the most widespread worldwide and four out of five of the population will contract some form of the virus at least once in their life.
In most cases, the body's immune system will fight off the virus and there won't be any need for extra tests, in fact, some people may not even know they contracted it at all.
If a sample tests positive for high-risk HPV, cells will then be analysed for abnormalities.
If abnormalities are detected, a woman will be referred for a colposcopy for further analysis.
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A colposcopy is an internal procedure to look at the cervix.
Shaughna, who appeared on series six of the hit ITV show took to Twitter to reveal her smear test results, writing: "I tested positive for HPV and have had borderline changes to some cells that require further examination.
"I’m scared but that’s okay. Thank god for screening Ladies, book your smear."
She also posted to her Instagram story, stating that initially, she was 'absolutely terrified'.
The 3 ways to protect yourself from HPV
While you can’t fully protect yourself from the virus, there are some things that you can do to help.
- Use condoms – they can help protect against HPV. As they don't cover all the skin around your genitals, you are not fully protected.
- Get the vaccine: The NHS says the HPV jab 'protects against the types of HPV that cause most cases of genital warts and cervical cancer, as well as some other cancers. It does not protect against all types of HPV.'
- Go to your screening: There is no blood test for HPV and testing is part of cervical screening.
The NHS adds: "There's no treatment for HPV. Most HPV infections do not cause any problems and are cleared by your body within 2 years.
"Treatment is needed if HPV causes problems like genital warts or changes to cells in the cervix."
While she understood it's a common condition, she said it was 'still scary'.
Posting on her Instagram story at the time, Shaughna said she was 'so glad' she decided to share her smear test results.
She said everyone had reassured her.
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In 2020 Shaughna revealed she had found a lump on her breast, just months after her father died from pancreatic cancer.
She added: "There's certain language used that I didn't realise I still have a real hard time hearing, 'biopsy', any word ending with 'oscopy' and of course 'cancer' are all associated with extreme trauma for me, so reading them in a letter addressed to me really really knocked me."
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