‘I’ve felt judged & too ashamed into tell friends.’ #My_LifeApril 22, 2019
I’ve only ever had sex with three men, and been married for almost two decades
Infections are common, but the strains I have mean that I’ve had to visit a specialist seven times in the last two months.
I’m now at risk of cervical cancer, so have had to undergo a smear test, colposcopy and multiple biopsies – all of which were very uncomfortable.
I have genital warts, which are painful, and which didn’t respond to a topical solution or being burnt off with acid.
Eventually I had to have them frozen with liquid nitrogen.
The pain is almost gone now, but I will have to be examined twice a year, which will no doubt bring the emotions flooding back.
I’ve felt judged – even by the doctors and nurses who’ve treated me – and too ashamed to tell friends.
I don’t feel sexual or sexy; I feel ugly – and stupid for never having heard about HPV before this.
I’ve only ever had sex with three men, and been married for almost two decades.
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