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City council speaker on HPV diagnosis

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New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, center. New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, center.
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is expected to undergo a biopsy on Tuesday after revealing she was diagnosed with high-risk Human papillomavirus or HPV.

The most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States has many strains; a high-risk strain can lead to genital warts or cervical cancer.

"Most sexually active people will have HPV at some point in their lives," said Dr. Roshini Raj.

Mark-Vivertio was diagnosed on Friday and took to Twitter on Sunday night to share her diagnosis. 

Since then, the city council speaker has been inundated with Tweets in response thanking her for her bravery.

"Yes, I'm an extremely private person. But this position has lead me to understand I now have a bigger responsibility. So... #moretocome."

Mark-Viverito will undergo more medical surveillance and frequent check-ups, said Dr. Raj.

For more information on HPV, visit CDC.GOV

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