The simple answer is "No". An HPV test is not usually recommended nor required if you have had a single pap smear showing low grade changes. In fact, if you have the test, very likely it will say "HPV positive" and you are still none the wiser about what to do about it. Given there are any cervical changes at all, the virus (HPV) is almost certainly there at the moment. The reason we don't worry about it being there is that most (generally 80-90%) of people will clear the virus themselves over time.
With a single pap smear showing low grade changes, the Australian recommendation is to repeat a pap smear in 12 months. Unless there are special circumstances, repeating in 6 months is unnecessary in the majority of people. This is because there is a high chance of HPV, and the low grade change, to spontaneously resolve over this time.
If there are two pap smears (6-12 months apart) showing low grade changes - or high grade changes - you should see a gynaecologist for a colposcopy.
If there are special circumstances, such as previous cervical surgery, immunosuppression from disease or drugs, etc, then you may need to see a gynaecologist for even a single low grade pap smear.
Recurrent candida/thrush is unusual and you should have the diagnosis checked. There are many other problems that can be thought to be 'candida' but is actually something else - which would explain why treatment has not worked. See your doctor, a different GP, or a gynaecologist for a thorough check.
Report this post
You must be a Healthshare member to report this post.
to your account or
now (it's free).