City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito says she’s been diagnosed with human papillomavirus.

She called it “high risk HPV,” saying that she learned the results after a gynecological exam on Friday.

In a series of tweets Mark-Viverito admitted that she was scared, explaining that it could potentially lead to cervical cancer.

The Council Speaker says she’s typically a private person, but believed her revelation could be helpful to others.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 79 million Americans have HPV.


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