Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Genital Warts?


Hi, I'm a 40years old female and I'm sexual active.
I see many bumps around my vagina. They grow within one Week with get an itch and burn

are these genital warts? HPV?

thanks for your help


The bumps are known as papillae and are not indicative of any STI. In fact, they've been there all along, but you haven't really notice them. Especially after intercourse they really "stand out" because of the friction forces that cause the skin cells in your vagina to become irritated and slightly inflamed. Papillae are actually normal, so unless during your pap smears the OBGYN detects inconsistencies there is nothing to be alarmed about. If you do ever see a "bump" that worries you, you can do an easy home test to detect HPV and pre-cancerous tissue. Dip a Q-Tip in white vinegar and rub it over whatever area you're curious about. If the area turns WHITE, then it could be either viral or pre-cancerous tissue, but if the area stays PINK, then that's normal tissue and nothing to be alarmed about. In fact, the vinegar could burn away the tissue that's bothering you!

To address your "itchiness" issue, pruritus can be attribute to either vaginal dryness, which is physiological, or to an infection, which you haven't told me about. If you're concerned about whether or not this could be an issue, I would behoove you to consult with your provider about this, but if you need follow-up let me know.



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John Brice


Educated and certified in STI information, HIV and AIDS, and trained in comprehensive sex education for teens and young adults. Providing counseling in sexuality, sexual interests, and sexual orientations, pregnancy prevention, safer sex initiatives, and teaching health education seminars to adults ages 18-65 for the past 3 years. Serve underserved clients in homeless shelters, workplace readiness programs, and detention centers. Three term AmeriCorps domestic service volunteer and Peace Corps nominee for Health Service to Lesotho and Rwanda. Providing services to the GLBTQIA populations of which I am a member.


3 years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (Advanced) for 3 years and comprehensive sex educator for 3 years and parenting educator for 3 years. *North Carolina State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, #P083512 *Certified Health Education Specialist, #22589

*American Public Health Association *National Commission on Health Education Credentialing

American Public Health Association, Student Assembly, Quarterly Newsletter 2012-2014

*Doctor of Education (candidate), K-12 Teacher Leadership; Capella University *Master of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Capella University *Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Concordia University-Portland *Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and English; East Carolina University

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*Over 180 clients, lasting 30 sessions, in 5 locations during Florida service. *Over 150 clients, lasting 18 sessions, in 2 locations during South Carolina service.

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