You are right, low grade dyskariosis means there is only a slight change in the cells. It doesn’t mean you have cancer.
There are lots of different types of HPV. Some are called low risk and some are called high risk. The NHS screening programme tests for high risks types, but don’t be fazed by this. Let me explain a bit more about HPV.
HPV is a very common infection which a lot of sexually active people pick up. Some types (low risk) are linked to warts and other types (high risk) HPV are linked to cell changes in the cervix. Most people who pick up high risk HPV come to no harm as their bodies clear the infection within a few months to a few years. When the HPV clears, the cervical cell changes go back to normal. If the HPV persists in the cervix, and abnormal cells develop and persist, then there is the chance they could develop into cancer over time. Usually this takes years and years.
In the cervical screening programme if a woman has low grade changes like you do and HPV as well, the next step is a colposcopy assessment. I assume that this is what your appointment is for. A colposcopy is when the cervix is examined under strong magnification and any abnormal areas can be seen and a biopsy can be taken if needed. If the biopsy shows high grade changes in cells they are usually treated (removed or destroyed). Low grade changes in cells can be monitored (repeat smear in 1 year) to see if they go back to normal. Remember cervical screening is all about prevention.
Do read what my colleagues have said on this post as well, but try not to worry.
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