I've been posting here for a while. I'm a 27 year old female and first had an abnormal pap back in 2007 and have yet again recently tested positive for high risk HPV and abnormal cells. I'm just so drained by it at this stage. When I first had issues, the doctors tried to reassure me that my body would get rid of the HPV virus on its own, so I was hopeful. I can't believe that five years later, I'm still in the same position. Is it likely now that I'm just going to have this forever? I have almost none of the risk factors for precancerous changes - I didn't have sex until I was 21, have only had 3 partners, have never smoked, eat pretty well, take my vitamins and yet here I am. It doesn't seem like I can do anything to help myself.
Another thing which terrifies me is that when I was first diagnosed with this, I thought it was just one of those things. Since then, my aunt has had anal cancer (caused by high risk HPV) and my cousin had CIN 3 and needed to get a lot of her cervix lasered off. Three more cousins have had abnormal pap issues. So it looks extremely likely that this is somehow a genetic thing, that my body is predisposed to 'hold on' to the virus or something :(
What happens if I never clear this virus? Is it just a matter of waiting until I eventually get cancer? I just feel so down about it.