I had my first abormal smear test back in 2009. Since then I've been going to the colposcopy clinic, initially every 6 months and then every year.
The punch biopsies I had on a few occasions showed CIN1/ Mild Dyskariosis but each time the doctor or nurse I saw decided to leave things alone to see if it improved on its own.
Gradually CIN1 became 'HPV Changes only' but about a year ago the consultant that I saw decided that I should have an HPV test, which came back positive for high risk HPV. Because of that and the fact that my mild changes had been persistent they decided to go ahead with LLETZ, which I had last November (2013).
That all went smoothly and everything healed OK. I went back for my follow up smear in May this year and was told that the vast majority of women find that everything comes back clear and they can re-enter the standard cervical screening program.
My results, however, came back negative for CIN but show that I still have high risk HPV and I've got a new appointment for a colposcopy in September.
I know there's no actual cure for HPV but just wondered what others' experience has been with this kind of thing. I am a little concerned about it because I was hoping that everything would be back to 'normal' now. Also, since I only had my first HPV test (as far as I know) last year, I don't actually know how long I've had high risk HPV for (unless it's the case that it was this that caused the mild abnormality in the first place?)
As you can see I'm kind of confused so any advice/comments would be appreciated. Thanks.