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01/21/2016 04:11 pm ET

Disney Princesses Go To The Gyno And Live Happily Ever After

This is one princess rendition we can get behind.

If you're an Internet user (hi, everyone!), you've undoubtedly come across the dozens of Disney princess pastiche memes: They've been reimagined as classic paintings, transformed into pin-up girls and transposed into "Star Wars" scenes

We thought the royal bunch had done it all, and we were sure we'd seen enough, until an artist and an advocate took the gals on a trip to the gynecologist's office.

Cinderella gets her blood drawn for an STD testing.
Maritza Lugo
Cinderella gets her blood drawn for an STD testing.

Danielle Sepulveres teamed up with friend and artist Maritza Lugo to illustrate what it would look like for Belle and crew to receive life-saving medical care.

Sepulveres told HuffPost she was fed up with how little media coverage cervical cancer and HPV were getting. The cause is important to her because she works with Cervivor, an organization dedicated to educating women (and men) about these conditions that affect thousands of women and their families every year

Something clicked, she said, as her Facebook timeline filled up with Disney princess adaptations -- and she couldn't keep herself from scrolling through them. 

"There's just something universal about them," she told HuffPost.

Soon after, she teamed up with Lugo to put the princesses in stirrups -- and not the kind attached to royal horses. 

Mulan has a regular cervical cancer screen with her gynecologist. It could involved a Pap test, an HPV test or both.
Maritza Lugo
Mulan has a regular cervical cancer screen with her gynecologist. It could involved a Pap test, an HPV test or both.

Sepulveres said she hopes the entertaining artwork reminds women to make their annual gynecologist appointments -- and contributes to an open conversation about HPV and cervical cancer. 

"I think that one of the things that happens with HPV and cervical cancer is this stigma and shame or embarrassment that doesn't happen with other kinds of cancers," she said. "People don't talk about it, but it should be discussed because it's so prevalent." 

Congrats! Princess Jasmine and her husband Aladdin are expecting! They're talking options and family planning through wi
Maritza Lugo
Congrats! Princess Jasmine and her husband Aladdin are expecting! They're talking options and family planning through with their doctor. 

She's right. While most cases of HPV clear up on their own, the virus is also responsible for genital warts and some cancers, including cervical cancer. Often, the virus shows no signs or symptoms, so it is passed on unknowingly.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease, and it can be spread by having vaginal, anal or oral sex with a person who has the virus. It's so prevalent, in fact, that almost every sexually active man and woman get the virus at some point, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

While a vaccine for HPV has been available since 2006, immunization rates are still low -- though growing. As of 2014, 60 percent of girls ages 13 -17 had at least one dose of the vaccine and nearly 40 percent had all three recommended doses, according to the CDC. Rates among boys and men are lower: As of 2014, 41 percent of boys received at least one dose of the vaccine and 21 percent had all three doses.  

But if the princesses can do it, so can the rest of us. 

Not all of Sepulveres' princess propaganda are focused on HPV. As you can see in the images, Jasmine talks with her doctor about responsible family planning and Cinderella is getting a standard STD examination. 

For more images of Disney princesses making wise choices about their reproductive health, head on over on Tumblr.

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