HPV test negative but pap wasn't totally normal
I just had my 2nd follow-up pap after cryotherapy on Tuesday. My first pap came back showing very slight atypical cells (didn't require treatment), and the HPV test came back negative. My question is... if I tested negative for HPV, then how come I didn't have a completely normal pap? I asked my dr about it and she said that the slight atypical cells could have just been from my cervix still healing. But I'm still a little confused. If HPV was what caused my very first abnormal pap which required cryo, then why didn't my test turn up positive at my first follow-up pap? How can I *not* have HPV, but not have a normal pap?
The whole thing makes me kind of mad because my first dr, who I was seeing when I had the first abnormal pap and cryo, told me that they don't do HPV tests with the pap because they're so expensive and because HPV is nearly always the cause of an abnormal pap. Well that's obviously total crap because my new dr did the test and I don't even have insurance and the whole visit and lab fees were only a total of like $150. So now I'm mad that I didn't get that first HPV test, b/c now I have doubts as to whether I even had/have HPV. Anyone have any input on that? Is it pretty much for sure that it was caused by HPV?