Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Fleshy Bumps Near Uretha and Vagina

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I am 21 years of age, and sexually active, as well as a recipient of the HPV vaccine. I noted recently textures in my vagina that may be abnormal. I have always had these bumps and fleshy spots since puberty, and some quick pictures alerted me to research. The available photos online do little to dispel the origin of these bumps however. They are pink, soft and sometimes feather like. There is almost a tuft of them near the uretha opening, unless that is just more of the vaginal anatomy I am unaware of. I have no itching, or burning pain, and sex is fairly comfortable save for the start of the penetration, which could be attributed to tenseness. They do appear odd to me however, and I feel uncomfortable if someone were to mistake them for a disease I didn't have or the like

Could they be vestibular papillae, or something more?

Thank you.

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Hi Dani,

Those are papules and I've seen them on dozens of women who have submitted the exact same images on this website. If they grow, change color, texture, or spread, then its likely to be a form of HPV and you know, of course, that Gardasil ONLY protects against certain kinds of HPV, not all 100 strains, so make an appointment with your OBGYN if this continues to bother you, or it does one of the things I suggested above. Stay safe.

John

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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.

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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

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

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

Education/Credentials
*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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Graduated with Distinction from Capella University AllExperts, Top Experts of 2014 (One and Multiple Categories)

Past/Present Clients
*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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