After two weeks of trying to get in touch with my recruiter, I finally talked to him today. Not really good news, but not yet bad...
Little back story, I recently finished up a (thankfully clean) divorce. So I had to re-fill out some basic paperwork, ie the med checklist. I tried to fill it out as much as I could to match the original one, as to not cause any more delays. No, I didn't lie about anything.
When I spoke with my recruiter earlier today, he said he had not submitted my paperwork to MEPS yet because he had a couple questions. Most were to double check that MEPS already knew about it. Then he asked about my abnormal pap smear.
I had my yearly back in January, it came back abnormal because of "slightly abnormal squamous cells", which I've encountered before and retesting has come back normal. When I spoke with my (civilian) gyn, they said it was only counted as abnormal because they wanted to test me for HPV. Now, I've been tested before (back when my bf and I got together) and the results were negative. But... my bf is a carrier... doesn't have a 'male active' strain, or so he was told.
I've made an appointment with my gyn to retest on Friday. Can't find anything out before those results are back. My, uh, freaking out comes from, not knowing I may have HPV, but from this hindering my chances of finally joining. We know the strain my bf has is (quote, unquote) benign... not wart or cancer causing, one your immune system can fight on its own. My issue is this... my recruiter said I MUST have two clear, normal pap smears after the abnormal in a year in order for MEPS to even inspect. What's unclear is how much time do I have to get two normal pap smears? Like I said, I'm getting one on Friday and my annual will be coming up in January. Will MEPS clear me for active duty after two normal results or wait until a year after my first normal result? If I do test positive for HPV this time around, will that hinder in any way my future career in the Coast Guard?
I'm thoroughly confused and my recruiter said it could be read two different ways. Has anyone encountered this before? Personally or from the recruiter's perspective. I've been in the recruitment process for almost 3 years and it seems everytime I go to MEPS there's another setback or wait period. My recruiter was in the process of asking for a Jan or Feb boot camp date... until this came to light. I know now boot camp will be a couple months further down the road, if I get cleared.
Thank you, thank you for any and all help/insight!