I am so much like you. I’ve had type 1 Diabetes for 23 years, & every time I have check ups for it (every 6-12 months) , I’m scared that I’ll get bad news. In fact, my health anxiety can be so bad that I avoid seeking medical help altogether. When I went for my smear test last year, that was the first one I’d had in 20 years (I know, so stupid) . The only reason I went for that one was because I’d moved areas & the nurse at my new surgery was adamant that I had a smear. I was literally terrified & cried the night before, because I had some symptoms of cervical cancer (abnormal bleeding).
In answer to your question, yes, I was invited for another smear test 12 months after the HPV positive result. I was terrified again after having the next smear, but fortunately for me, I’d cleared the infection, so I don’t have to have another smear test for 3 years. I was so relieved.
I’ve done a lot of Googling about your current situation, as I was so sure I’d be invited in for further tests just like you have, & I hope I can put your mind at rest a little.
From what I understand, abnormal cells taken from the cervix very rarely means cancer. These days, a smear test looks for high risk HPV. If a smear test finds high risk HPV, then the smear test sample is looked at for abnormal cells. If any are found, you’ll be invited in for further investigation. It usually takes a long time for these abnormal cells to turn into anything sinister (that’s if they do at all).
It’s very likely that you’ve been invited in because they want to see if you require treatment for the abnormal cells. This can prevent the cells from turning cancerous, but please believe me that cervical cancer is quite rare. Yes, it happens, but nobody will tell you these days how rare it actually is. We, as women are expected to rock up to smear appointments, no questions asked, but as you know, it’s not as simple as that mentally. It can be a worrying time for many of us.
From what I understand, abnormal cells are graded from CIN1 to CIN3. None are cancerous, but they do have the potential to turn cancerous. It doesn’t mean that they will though. I don’t know what the medical jargon means, but I’m pretty sure that your next appointment is just to deal with your abnormal cells that probably isn’t cancer. It can take decades for HPV to turn cancerous, that’s if it does at all.
You are in the system now, which means that you are being looked after. I just wish that medical professionals realised what their medical jargon does to us mentally.
I hope I’ve helped a bit. I’m no medical expert, but sometimes it helps to talk about things.