When Love Island’s Shaughna Phillips tests positive for HPV – the 3 ways to protect yourself

Former Love Islander Shaughna Phillips has revealed that she has tested positive for HPV.

The 28-year-old urged all women to have their swabs booked after receiving their results over the weekend.


Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common sexually transmitted infection, affecting at least half of all sexually active people.

The STI is the most common worldwide and four out of five people will get some form of the virus at least once in their lives.

In most cases, the body’s immune system fights the virus and no additional testing is required, some people may not even know they have contracted it in the first place.

Shaughna, who appeared in series six of the hit ITV show, had a smear test on May 9.

Then she gained weight yesterday Twitter To reveal her findings, she said: “I tested positive for HPV and had borderline changes in some cells that require further investigation.

“I’m scared, but that’s okay. Thank god you showed ladies book your swab.”

She also posted on her Instagram story that she was “absolutely terrified” at first.

Though she understands it’s a common condition, she said it’s “still scary.”

In 2020, Shaughna announced that she found a lump on her breast just months after her father’s death from pancreatic cancer.

She added: “There’s a certain language being used that I wasn’t aware of that I still have a really hard time with, ‘biopsy’, any word ending in ‘ososkopie’ and of course ‘cancer’ for me with one combining extreme trauma to read her in a letter addressed to me really blew me away.”

Still, Shaughna said she follows some incredible women, like friend of Deborah James and collaborator Lauran Mahon and comedian Kathryn Ryan, who have previously spoken out about their swab results.

“It put my mind at ease right away and made it less scary! So I thought I’d share this update in the hopes that there’s someone out there who might be feeling less alone and less anxious.”

The 3 ways to protect yourself from HPV

While you can’t completely protect yourself from the virus, there are some things you can do to help.

  1. Use condoms – They can help protect against HPV. Because they don’t cover all of the skin around your genitals, you’re not fully protected.
  2. Get the vaccine: The NHS says the HPV vaccine “protects against the types of HPV that cause most cases of genital warts and cervical cancer, as well as some other types of cancer. It does not protect against all types of HPV.”
  3. Go to your demonstration: There is no blood test for HPV and the test is part of cervical screening.

The NHS adds: “There is no treatment for HPV. Most HPV infections do not cause any problems and are eliminated from your body within 2 years.

“Treatment is needed when HPV causes problems like genital warts or cell changes in the cervix.”

Shaughna posted to her Instagram Story today and said she was “so glad” that she decided to share her swab test results.

She said everyone calmed her down.

The reality TV star also revealed another health revelation: “I’ve decided to stop taking birth control pills.”

Shaughna, whose filler was recently discontinued, said that every time she goes to the doctor she is asked how her period is, but she never knows.

“I just want to get to know my body better, I’m going to use the apps that let you track when you’re due and stuff like that.

“But yeah I’ve decided to go off the pill, wish me luck,” she added.

Shaughna appeared on Good Morning Britain last week to discuss whether it was acceptable to discuss workplace holidays due to the cost of living crisis.

She argued that it was fine and that she liked hearing about other people’s trips.

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