Good question. If you are under 30 and your last Pap Smear was in the last 2 years and was normal then the next Pap Smear is recommended at 12 months. If you do it too soon then the HPV infection won’t have had a chance to resolve.
hi @Nurse_Nettie i am under 30 and my last pap smear was 2 weeks ago which is why ive found out about the hpv. i was actually sexually abused which is what prompted me to get it done. it was a few years ago. thats why im worried- what if its been there since then and although its low grade now what if ive had it before when it was first happening and i wait 12 months and its developed?
@unknown, I’m sorry to hear of your experience of sexual abuse a few years ago. Sexual abuse should never happen to anyone. I hope that you’re getting some help & support for this. I understand why you’re worried now. I want to reassure you that low grade HPV is very commonly detected in a pap smear. ‘Low grade’ means its not likely to progress to cancer & more likely to clear itself naturally over time. That’s why the 12 month wait time is recommended. You will not develop cervical cancer during this time. It’s impossible to know how long a person has had HPV – it could be weeks, months or years. Australian research suggests that men & women are usually infected with HPV by the time they are 26 years of age (it’s really that common). Also I want to check…have you had the Gardasil (HPV) vaccinations at school?
Hi @unknown sorry to hear of your sexual abuse. This must all be very difficult to mentally deal with – I hope you have considered or already spoken with somebody about this. Can I suggest thinking about getting in touch with beyond blue if this is weighing heavily on you, as I am sure it is. You can use their webform to chat anonymously here: https://online.beyondblue.org.au/Webmodules/chat/InitialInformation.aspx although it’s only open between 3pm and Midnight. You can also call them direct on 1300 224 636 – you can be anonymous on the phone if you choose to also.