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We've partnered with Twitter to encourage supportive conversations about vaginas, cervixes and cervical screening (smear tests).
Join us this Sexual Health Awareness Week (16th - 22nd September) as we launch the #EndSmearFear campaign.
We know that smear tests aren't easy for everyone. Fear, not understanding what the test is for and embarrassment make booking and going for a test hard. For other women, including survivors of sexual violence or those with some health conditions, it can be especially difficult.
Social media is a fantastic place for people to ask questions, share tips and get support and, along with Twitter, we want to encourage supportive conversations to help address some of the concerns and uncertainty that exists. We've seen lots of examples of Twitter being used in positive ways and want this to continue.
Among young women, 1 in 3 currently don't take up their smear test invitation and in some parts of the UK this is as high as 1 in 2. We want to change this. The #EndSmearFear campaign aims to normalise chat about smear tests, cervixes and vaginas on Twitter and create a safe space to ask questions and support others.
We are asking people to share their smear test tips.
We're also setting out with Twitter asking people which emoji they would use to describle female genitalia - especially the vulva or vagina. We all know what the aubergine stands for, but a lot of people don’t know what emoji they’d use for the vagina. What would you use?
Join the conversation on Twitter (follow us here)!
Choose your favourite vagina emoji and share a tweet with #EndSmearFear, offering a smear test tip, word of support or your experience, for example:
Do you have any tips to make cervical screening easier? Here are some useful ones to know:
If you have questions or concerns about cervical screening, we have lots of information and support available.