“I just booked my first-ever smear test. It’s taken years of building up the courage. I’m 29 years old. I’m a sexual abuse survivor.

“Today something clicked and I managed to book the appointment.

“Group hug?”

With more than 3,000 comments, 1,000 retweets and close to 55,000 “likes”, Anneli Roberts soon discovered her request on Twitter for a group hug had led to much more – a huge global conversation full of advice, support and confessions about the test for cervical cancer.

Anneli, from Caernarfon, says she was shocked by how many people got in touch and how far her original tweet on 5 August spread – three days before the appointment.

Reactions came in from all over the world about why women avoided cervical screenings (smear tests) and

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