tinyroses72 (tinyroses72) wrote in vaginapagina,

HPV Concerns

I wanted to hear some opinions or thoughts on my fears about HPV. I am a sexually active 21 year old female. I have never had a pap smear, I think I will be getting one either this year or next. I first became sexually active at 15 and have had multiple partners, most unprotected. I really wasnt educated on sexual health and stds so I was very irresponsible. I have been tested for all stds including genital herpes multiple times, all results have been negative. I am now in a committed relationship with a guy who has had very few sexual partners and no stds and we use condoms but not all the time. I had really bad experiences with anxiety and fear of stds after a lot of regrettable partners, and after having all negative results I was quite relieved. But now, my doctor is saying since I started having sex at a younger age and continued to do so she wants to do my first pap sooner than later. I am really scared of HPV, my sister has it and has cancerous cells that she is getting a LEEP procedure for. I had cancer once when I was 17, so I am very scared of diseases in general after that experience, and the thought of getting HPV or cervical cancer from it really triggers my anxiety. I know there isn't much to do at this point besides get my pap and continue to keep track of my health, but I just wanted to know if anyone had any thoughts on this or advice on how not to worry so much or similar experiences.
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