I had my first smear when I was 24 which came back with borderline changes and HPV positive. At the time the nurse at my surgery said that lots of women test positive for HPV and it can come and go. I had to return for another smear 6 months later which was normal, followed by another either 6 months or a year later (can't remember!) That was also normal. I then went back to normal recall.
I've only recently realised that they only test for the high risk forms of HPV alongside a smear which has got me worried. The normal pathway if you have a borderline result and are HPV positive is to have a colposcopy, am I right? Not sure why I didn't have that? Is it right I'm on normal recall if I'm HPV positive with a high-risk strain?
It's been 2 years since my last smear and I've booked in for a private one at the end of the month when I'm mid-cycle. My mum has just had LLETZ for CIN 2 so it's brought things to the forefront and got me worried, although I know I should be reassured by two normal results.
Thanks for listening x