During the first season of Girls, there was an episode called “All Adventurous Women Do” in which Hannah (Lena Dunham) learns that she has HPV (Human papillomavirus). Even though this sexually-transmitted infection is extremely common — about 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV and 14 million people will become newly infected every year — being diagnosed with it can no doubt be a stressful experience.
The CDC states that it is indeed so common, most sexually-active people will contract at least one type of HPV strain during a point in their lives. There is, however, comfort in knowing you’re not alone. Courtesy of Whisper, here are 17 confessions from women who have HPV.