Do you know what HPV actually is? I didn’t when I was diagnosed

Tanyel Mustafa was told she had human papillomavirus (HPV) and abnormal cells after her first cervical cancer screening aged 25. HPV is often spread through sexual contact, is generally symptomless, and isn’t picked up in standard sexual health screenings so many people have it and are none the wiser as the body can clear it on its own. The truth is HPV is so common and most people won’t have complications, but the shame and confusion around it means we often don’t get the information we need we need.

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