Amy Hart reveals positive HPV result after cervical cancer screening

Love Island’s Amy Hart has revealed she was diagnosed with a positive HPV result when she went for her smear test – meaning doctors have had to retest this year in case it is a precursor for cervical cancer.

Amy, 29, – who has been dating beau Sam Rason for a year – told fans in a Q&A about her diagnosis as she discussed the importance of getting a screening and the fact that five minutes spent having one can save your life.

She said: ‘I did my research and found that 80 per cent of men and women in their lifetimes will get HPV. It’s virus. It’s quite normal apparently.

Candid: Amy Hart was diagnosed with a positive HPV result when she went for her smear test – meaning doctors have had to retest this year in case it is a precursor for cervical cancer

‘I had a smear last year. It came back with HPV. They said come back in a year so I went back today. She said the results will be in two weeks. Of HPV is there they’ll look at my cells and do a biopsy on the cells so that’s where I am at the moment.’

Asked how her boyfriend Sam had taken her HPV diagnosis, Amy said: ‘I literally cough and I tell Sam so we had just met so obviously I did tell him.

‘Like I say I tell Sam everything so then it’s easier for him to be supportive. I mean not many boys have girlfriends who talk about their innards in national tv so he’s pretty desensitised now.’

During a cervical screening appointment, a small sample of cells are taken from your cervix.

Honest: Amy, 29, - who has been dating beau Sam Rason for a year (pictured together) - told fans in a Q&A about her diagnosis as she discussed the importance of getting a screening

Honest: Amy, 29, – who has been dating beau Sam Rason for a year (pictured together) – told fans in a Q&A about her diagnosis as she discussed the importance of getting a screening

The sample is checked for certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause changes to the cells of your cervix. These are called ‘high risk’ types of HPV.

If these types of HPV are not found, you do not need any further testing.

If these types of HPV are found, the sample is then checked for any changes in the cells of your cervix. These can then be treated before they get a chance to turn into cervical cancer.

It comes after last week Amy openly documented undergoing three rounds of eggs freezing – two of which were successful and have resulted in 12 eggs being frozen.

Relationship: Asked how her boyfriend Sam had taken her HPV diagnosis, Amy said: 'I literally cough and I tell Sam so we had just met so obviously I did tell him'

Relationship: Asked how her boyfriend Sam had taken her HPV diagnosis, Amy said: ‘I literally cough and I tell Sam so we had just met so obviously I did tell him’

And on last Wednesday’s installation of Good Morning Britain, the reality star explained that she had her frozen eggs aged 27 after discovering she had a low ovarian reserve, and revealed she would donate them, if she ‘can’t use them.’

The former reality star spoke to hosts Susanna Reid and Ed Balls, where she told them how early menopause runs in her family, and she didn’t want her family history or being single to ‘ever stop her having kids’.

Amy explained that when she went to see a fertility doctor, and was told: ‘We’re not going to freeze your eggs if we don’t need to’ because of her age – but they ended up doing so as she had low ovarian reserve.

Helpful: HPV is a common virus and most people will get it at some point, something with Amy reinforced during her social media Q&A

Helpful: HPV is a common virus and most people will get it at some point, something with Amy reinforced during her social media Q&A

Asked by Ed if she was planning to have ten kids as per a previous interview, Amy laughed and said: ‘My boyfriend says no. And the professor also said no.’

Touching on the fact that successful egg freezing doesn’t guarantee a successful pregnancy later on, Amy mused: ‘With the chance thing – everything in life is chance – what certainties are there in life? I take chances every day, and they might work out and they might not.

‘I’ve known I’ve wanted to be a mum since I was a child. And I was in a position to do it [egg freezing]so I was like: ‘If it’s gonna help me… And if I can’t use them, then I’ll donate them!’

Along with Dr Hilary, Amy also talked about NHS provision of egg freezing, lockdown affecting fertility, and the success rate of the procedure.

Susanna asked Amy if she thinks egg freezing should be available on the NHS, to which she responded: ‘I think there should be a lot more support.

‘I know there are things like certain supermarkets, you can take your prescription to them and they won’t put any mark-up on the drugs.

Real talk: It comes after last week Amy openly documented undergoing three rounds of eggs freezing - two of which were successful and have resulted in 12 eggs being frozen

Real talk: It comes after last week Amy openly documented undergoing three rounds of eggs freezing – two of which were successful and have resulted in 12 eggs being frozen

‘Because, for example, my second prescription was £2,500 but that’s because there’s mark-ups on that.

‘But I do think there should be more support maybe for certain medical conditions. And with IVF, it’s a bit of a postcode lottery, and same-sex couples and women doing it on their own as well – I think there just needs to be a lot more fertility support in general.’

Explaining that she wouldn’t have been given the option to have her eggs frozen by the NHS, she admitted: ‘I’m in a very fortunate position where I can go private, and I had a lot of support from my family, and it was something that I thing to do.

Fertility journey: Amy spoke to hosts Susanna Reid and Ed Balls, where she told them how early menopause runs in her family, and she didn't want her family history or being single to 'ever stop her having kids'

Fertility journey: Amy spoke to hosts Susanna Reid and Ed Balls, where she told them how early menopause runs in her family, and she didn’t want her family history or being single to ‘ever stop her having kids’

‘I understand that it’s not an option for everyone but I do believe that knowledge is power. So for me, the fertility MOT is £480 at the London clinic.

‘And that for me – just knowing. And then you can sort of plan your life – you can’t plan your life around it – that’s the wrong thing to say, sorry.

‘That’s the wrong thing to say. It gives you more options. It gives you more knowing. I know that I’ve got three to four years of good fertility left.’

Love: Amy has been dating boyfriend Sam for a year and recently enjoyed a romantic trip to Mexico together

Love: Amy has been dating boyfriend Sam for a year and recently enjoyed a romantic trip to Mexico together

What is a smear test and what does a positive HPV result mean?

Cervical screening (a smear test) checks the health of your cervix. The cervix is ​​the opening to your womb from your vagina.

It’s not a test for cancer, it’s a test to help prevent cancer.

All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 should be invited by letter.

During the screening appointment, a small sample of cells will be taken from your cervix.

The sample is checked for certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that can cause changes to the cells of your cervix. These are called “high risk” types of HPV.

If these types of HPV are not found, you do not need any further testing.

If these types of HPV are found, the sample is then checked for any changes in the cells of your cervix. These can then be treated before they get a chance to turn into cervical cancer.

If HPV is found in your sample

Your results letter will explain what will happen next if HPV is found in your sample (an HPV positive result).

You may need:

  • another cervical screening test in 1 year
  • a different test to look at your cervix (a colposcopy)

There are 2 different kinds of HPV positive result:

HPV found (HPV positive) but no abnormal cells: You’ll be invited for screening in 1 year and again in 2 years if you still have HPV. If you still have HPV after 3 years, you may need to have a colposcopy.

HPV found (HPV positive) and abnormal cells: You’ll be asked to have a colposcopy.

  • HPV is a common virus and most people will get it at some point. You can get it through any kind of sexual contact.

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