This is something you should definitely discuss with your primary care doctor
. HPV, or human papilloma virus, is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. It is an important infection, because it can lead to the formation of genital warts
and, in women, it can increase the risk of developing cervical cancer later in life.
HPV is extremely common. It is passed through sexual contact, with a large proportion of all sexually active individuals eventually becoming exposed. The pap smear is typically used to screen for the precancerous changes in the cervix that can lead to cervical cancer.
However, I have several concerns about your situation in particular. Young women your age may become infected with various HPV strains but tend to clear these strains rapidly (or come into contact with new strains). Also changes in the cervix do not correlate very well at this age with your risk for cervical cancer.
Because of these and other reasons, it is actually not generally recommended at all for someone your age to be getting pap smears, unless there is another medical condition that raises your risk, such as HIV infection. Therefore, I would recommend talking with your primary care doctor, to figure out why they felt you needed this testing and how to interpret the results.