Hello to you all! Shegi and the others: I'm going to assume that you're talking about the "high-risk" strains of HPV (the cancer causing types) since the "low grade" kinds (that cause warts) are not oncogenic......in other words, these do not change into cancer problems but are indeed unsightly and embarrassing (this is the type I'm carrying around for sure, I'm due for another Pap smear soon).
Even if you have high risk HPV, I give you a big hug and say: DON'T WORRY! The thing about the "cancer causing" HPV is that it's only a problem if you don't receive routine medical care. In the US, cervical cancer has dropped significantly as a danger to women----it's just in other countries (poorer ones) where women do not receive the same standard of health care that this type of HPV is a real threat.
As long as all of you go in for regular Pap smears and consultations with your doctor, you should be just fine
It will be necessary to go in at least 1-2 a year to your gyn to make sure everything's going ok or to receive any additional treatment that is necessary, such as the LEEP procedure that removes any cancer in situ. KEEP IN MIND: If this happens at early stages this is still OK!!! As long as you keep up treatment, and the cancer does not invade into deeper tissues, if you blast away the surface cancer you're still going to be all right. You just need to make sure that you're on top of your health care.
I'm in med school right now myself, and I'm going over pathology; my current teacher says that, if every woman had a pap smear every 1-2 years, and was appropriately treated, no one would ever die of cervical cancer ever again
As was pointed out, this is a HIGHLY treatable disease.
I know that in the beginning you may feel very overwhelmed (I know how it feels) but in time you should sort things out. Things will be A-OK! Please feel free to check in and let us know how you're doing, or to ask more questions if you need to.