I haven't read back to see what the time frame is for your situation, but if they are ordering the colposcopy right away for your wife, then I would think that they suspect it's high risk. I'm confused myself because the GYN should have been able to tell your wife if her pap smear indicated high or low risk HPV. There's an important distinction between the two and a different protocol.
The HPV virus I had was initially identified in a pap smear. Luckily, the tests came back as showing that it was the low risk kind. This kind especially is very common, my GYN likened it to a cold. The protocol for low risk is to wait a year and see if it's cleared itself from the body naturally. If not, a colposcopy is ordered, which is exactly what happened to me. My results from that procedure indicated another year of wait and see. By the second year, the virus had finally cleared.
Just a brief summation so you don't have to read the entire thread.
My wife had an abnormal result in her annual exam 6 months ago.
2/3 weeks ago she had a followup during which I guess they tested for HPV (didn't know that at the time)
Tuesday those results came back positive for HPV and, aside from the potential medical concerns, we're trying to figure out how what was describe as an STD came into our marriage.
While not always the best husband, I have always been faithful.
a long time ago (2001/2002) we had severe marital issues caused by her depression and my insecurities and job situation.
During that time, I thought she was spending too much time alone with certain guys and she thought I was a jealous, untrusting jerk... which, even if she was unfaithful is still probably true.
After that period we worked hard on our marriage, fully reconciled and for the past 8+ years have been, for the most part, very happily married.
So, where did this HPV come from. I did not cheat. My father cheated on my mother extensively and destroyed our family and I have been almost obsessive about not even allowing myself to be in a compromising situation where i could be tempted. My wife, was less careful though, to be honest, at the time and since, she simply said that she didn't think about and was never tempted. Still, one of the improvements we worked on was listening to the other and considering something important just because the other felt it was, regardless what we personally thought... meaning, this is important to me just because it's important to you. That helped relieve my insecurities/jealousy.... and the message was further driven home when one of the guys she so carelessly hung around with during the troubled times turned out to be a serial adulterer who much later specifically hit on her.
So where did the HPV come from... is it a false positive.... could it have been dormant and undetected for 30+ years....