I received a phone call yesterday morning from my Dr office. It was med assistant and she uttered words that I thought I would never hear. You have tested positive for HPV and I was told to call back in 6 months to get another PAP. 24 hours a go I didn't even know what HPV was. I have done more research on this over the last day then I have on anything in my life, and I still don't fully understand it. I read in some posts that is will go away on it's own? The I read that it never goes away? The I read that if you don't have a visible showing you have the strand that causes cancer? I have also read that with in a day or so most people that have been diagnosed with HPV have been brought back into the office to get a COLPOSCOPY? Have all of you had this colposcopy done ? Why was I not asked back in the office to have this done? Why is my Doctor waiting 6 months? Alot of things can happen in 6 months.. To top it off I came across a forum made up of people who have HPV and it went on and on about how it is nearly impossible to date after getting this diagnosis is that true? I am not currently dating anyone and to be quite honest I haven't been sexualy active in almost a year so getting these results were very out of the blue for me. Also I have had some light cramping more like pressure in my lower abdomen could this possibly be from the HPV? I know there aren't any symptoms of HPV but I have no idea what this pressure would be from I'm not due for my menstral for 2 more weeks. I'm 31 and freaking out about this I have never had any kind of STD before in 13 years I have never had one abnormal test resuly from the GYN until now. After I received that dreadful phone call I called my PCP right away to get blood tests done for other STD's even though I had just got blood work done for STD's during my yearly physical in June I want to be sure there isn't anything else lingering in my body that I don't know about... I am very proactive in being screened for STD's when I'm sexually active and even when I'm not. I always try to air on the safe side so being told I have HPV has devistated me. Another thing I have read is that HPV is the common cold of STD's have any of you heard that is that true? I am so disgusted with myself and over whelmed with anxiety that I can't stop thinking about this. I just want to crawl out of my own skin. If you know any answers to the questions I have listed of things I have read I would greatly appriciate your feed back. It hasn't even been 24 hours since I got my diagnosis and I feellike my life has been turned upside down. I know it could be worse but for right now this is impacting my life like nothing else has ever.