Was told to wait 3 years for pap smear- is this safe?
I was diagnosed with HPV in 2010 (abnormal, but not cancerous, pap). It was the non-wart kind, so unfortunately it is the kind that is capable of causing cancer. However I was only 20, so the doctor told me to wait and come back in 6 months to get it checked again. 6 months later, I went and my pap was normal. I went again in 2011 and it was normal. Then, the doctor told me I didn't need to come back for another 3 years because most likely the HPV had gone away. I checked the CDC and it seems consistent with what my doctor said, but a friend of mine with HPV (in all fairness hers is far more dangerous, she's had precancerous cells) said that I should be going every year.
1.) Should I ignore my doctor and just go every year?
2.) It's been a year and a half since I last went. Could I already have cancer, or does it take longer to develop?
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