I had a smear a couple of weeks ago and the results came back as slightly abnormal. I was given an appointment for in a week's time for a colposcopy. I then received another letter saying that there had been 'evidence' found in my smear of HPV.
About 18 years ago I contracted genital warts (gross) and it took a year of hospital visits to have them burned off. They then seemed to disappear on their own and I have had clear smears ever since. I have no visible signs that I have them back but I am scared to death that I might have them again.
I am in a relationship (my first one) after my separation and divorce three years ago, and my boyfriend told me a few weeks ago that his ex wife had genital warts. Could he have infected me? I have read up on HPV in men and it seems there is no test or treatment for them, so what if he is a carrier and he keeps infecting me? Is that how it works?
Could the smear have picked up on the fact that I had them years ago and that is what the 'evidence' is?
I am worried to death that I might have this again, and am also worried to death about my boyfriend. I have told him about the letter and what it could mean, and he got defensive and accused me of assuming it was him of giving it to me.
I have also moved house recently and relocated to the other end of the country with my four children, a stressful time. Could this play any factor?
I'm worried sick. If anyone has any advice I'd be grateful.