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I'm a new poster, so please let me know if I'm doing anything wrong! This seems like a lovely community, and I just need to get this off my chest and see if anyone has any advice or words of reassurance for me.
Last month, I had my second smear test (aged 28) after a normal one at 25. I HATE anything medical, so just turning up to the appointment was a big deal. The smear test was also very uncomfortable compared to my first, and I've also had two coils fitted so I'm no stranger to a speculum!
Unfortunately I got a letter saying that the sample taken was 'inadequate' (I hate that phrasing by the way - it made me feel like I'd somehow done something wrong), and that I'd need to be retested in three months.
However, I struggle badly with anxiety, especially around medical issues, so I decided to buy a self-test for HPV via the Superdrug Online Doctor service.
Today I got the results back and it said that high-risk HPV was detected (though not strain 16 or 18) and that I should contact my GP for further instructions.
I called my GP this afternoon, and she had absolutely no idea that the Superdrug test even existed, and she refused to accept the result as it 'wasn't an NHS test'. I told her that I was really anxious about this whole situation, and she said that she couldn't really offer me any reassurance as she didn't know if the test was valid or not. Essentially, she made me feel like an idiot for resorting to a self-test, and she said that I just have to wait until my retest in February and 'not to worry about it'... but how can I not?
Assuming the self-test was accurate (and I have no reason to assume it wasn't), what happens next if the NHS retest in February confirms the presence of HPV? Will I just be put on a one-year screening schedule, or will I be referred for further tests?
My head is telling me that lots of people test positive for HPV at some point and it's rarely a sign that anything is or will be seriously wrong, but obviously it's hard to reason with the gut feeling you get when you get results saying 'high-risk' and 'increased chance of cancer'.
I'd love some reassurance that I'm not being really stupid here (but equally, please tell me if I am), and I'd love to hear from anyone else who's been in a similar boat. My thoughts are spiralling out of control here!
Thanks in advance :)