From reading a few posts on here it seems that the embarrassing bodies cancer special show has caused quite a bit of upset regarding the Drs comment about CC being "essentially an STD". When I agreed to do the show my motives were to raise more awareness of CC especially to help other young ladies like myself who are experiencing symptoms yet are being fobbed off from their GPs due to their age and not being given the opportunity to have a smear test. I wanted to show that yes ladies under 25 do in fact get CC and our lives are put at risk as we are not tested. When the piece was fimed and the DR said it was sexually transmitted it upset me also and for the first time I doubted what I was doing but they did include the facts about HPV and that it can lay dormant in the body for years without the person knowing, which hopefully would stop any doubt about long term partners having been unfaithful, she did also say that you only have to have sex once to contract HPV and that 4 out 5 people will have it at some point in their lives. Anybody who knows me knows I have never slept around and even if I had does that mean I or any of us deserve cancer or abnormal cells? Would any of us think less of a person who has contracted HIV for example because they had sex with an infected person I know i definately wouldn't and anyone who did is just ignorant. 99.7% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV so yes not all CC is caused by it but the vast majority of it is, does it make the 0.3% more socially acceptable I think not.
I had no control as to what was edited on the show but I was happy with the HPV facts that were highlighted, I have had no one approach me or comment about how I got CC only positive support from all my friends family and even strangers. If we continue to be upset and ashamed that we are in this position through having contracted a STD how can we ever lift the stigma and continue to raise awareness. I am sorry if the show offended anybody.
Love Nat xxx