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In order to help draw attention to Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, writer and sex education speaker Danielle Sepulveres has teamed up with artist/illustrator Maritza Lugo to create a series of images showing Disney princesses visiting their gynecologists. Inspired by the popularity of reimagined Disney princesses on social media, Sepulveres says she saw an opportunity to reach out to younger people. “There is a stigma attached to HPV and cervical cancer,” says Sepulveres. “…I want women to know that even though they don’t have a celebrity ambassador, they don’t need to be embarrassed and they don’t need to feel ashamed.” In one image, Cinderella is shown having her blood drawn for STD testing. In another, Mulan visits the gynecologist for her regular cervical cancer screening.
In 2012, cervical cancer affected over 12,000 women — 4,000 of whom died, according to the CDC. Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of death for women in the US, but numbers have decreased significantly in the past 40 years. With the help of screening and the HPV vaccine — HPV is the underlying cause of nearly all cervical cancers — Sepulveres believes those numbers can be even lower. According to the CDC, the majority of sexually active individuals will contract at least one strain of HPV at some point in their lives.
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