Jamie Otis gets candid about sex and having HPV: 'This post is so valuable!'

Jamie Otis is talking about what it's like living with a sexually transmitted infection. (Photo via Getty Images)
Jamie Otis is talking about what it's like living with a sexually transmitted infection. (Photo via Getty Images)

Jamie Otis is getting real about sexual health.

The 36-year-old took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a video of herself in a hospital waiting to get a pap smear. In the clip, the "Married At First Sight" star sat on a chair while covering herself with a white sheet, as she opened up about her experience living with human papillomavirus (HPV).

"Does it ever get easier with age? I don't know how many paps I've had. It just never gets easier," Otis shared in the clip. "But checking because I had HPV and abnormal paps. So just getting my good ol' pap done."

The TV personality further opened up in her caption about how she was diagnosed with the sexually transmitted infection (STI).

"Last year I found out it turned into precancerous cells," Otis wrote. "I had a LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) procedure to cut the abnormal cells out, but the thing about HPV is that it can come back and if you don't get your regular check ups to catch it, it can (and will) turn into cancer.

"I've never had any sign of having HPV. I've only slept with five men in my life, so I assumed I would never get an STI or STD. The only way I knew I had it was because the doctors kept finding abnormal cells on my pap exams."

Otis revealed she only started getting pap tests because she was trying to get pregnant and her doctors made it a requirement. If she hadn't been trying to conceive, she explained that she probably would not have been diagnosed since everything seemed "'normal' down there."

"Thank God for my babies! Because I wanted them, I found out I had HPV and was able to treat it before it turned into full-blown cancer," Otis penned. "I know getting your annual pap is so annoying and I swear it never gets easier to strip down and let a doctor investigate down there, but it can truly be lifesaving.

"Here's your friendly reminder that even if you think you're fine, go get you pap [test] just to be on the safe side. Don't keep putting it off. And if you have an STI or STD, don't let anyone make you feel 'dirty' or ashamed about it. It happens to all of us."

Fans were quick to weigh in on Otis's message, with many expressing their appreciation for her transparency and support.

"Thank you for sharing this important message," one fan wrote. "You’re going to help a lot of women, including myself, with your beautiful honesty."

"Oh, sweetie. It only takes one partner to give you something. I appreciate your openness," another chimed in with a red heart emoji.

"Thank you so much for sharing this. I struggle so much with just going in for a checkup and posts like this help me conquer my anxiety about it. I appreciate you," replied one person.

"I love how much you care about your followers and feel safe sharing with us! I admire you, Jamie, and thank you for sharing stories that can help us all," someone else commented.

"Thank you sooo much. This post made me want to cry. I’m 24 and got diagnosed when I was 21 and this post really touched my heart in a way my doctors haven’t and reassured me," another added.

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