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All smears in the UK are now tested for HPV, this was introduced a while ago, but officially was from 2019 for England/UK.
If you ask for your result, it would be clear on there if it was.
Okay thanks, ***** ***** years is normal to repeat it, due to national recall you cannot get this done sooner unless you pay privately.
Regarding HPV, yes, if positive you are then invited back to repeat this after 1 year and this continues until it is negative.
The reason for this is that HPV increases the risk of abnormal cells on the cervix which can increase the risk of cervical cancer. Therefore this process takes many years to cause a problem.
So unless you are now getting irregular bleeding then there would be no indication to repeat your smear sooner than your normal recall date.
A smear looks for pre cancerous changes which your normal smear excludes. HPV is just an earlier indicator that you may develop pre cancerous changes, so there is no urgency to this.
If your results do not say HPV negative, then you would not have been tested as it was only later 2019 that all were tested.
No problem, no I wouldn't be concerned, lets say you were positive for HPV, the risk is over a long time, a few years would therefore make no difference.
That is my pleasure, take care and try not to worry
This is because it often only lasts 1-2 years before resolving. The annual repeat is to check for something called CIN which is what HPV can cause. If CIN is then found, a further procedure is done to remove the CIN cells, sometimes with a topical treatment, sometimes with a surgical treatment.
It is done annually due to the capacity being available. The timing of yours just meant you won't know this until your next smear.
That is my pleasure, take care.