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Hello, I'm Chris, female, 18.

I've been sexually active for about a year. I've had sex with 3 partners. The first two were protected sex using a condom. The last one was spontaneous and unprotected about a month and a half ago. Now I've noticed these pink with slightly white-tipped 'bumps' around my vagina. I don't feel a major irritation as people on some other forums have mentioned but, I'm still kinda freaking out. I've looked up countless sites with links to images (mainly searching for vaginal herpes and genital warts) but I really can't find any comparable images.

I've included 3 images and I'm hoping you can give me some insight. Thank you for your time.

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Hi Chris,

There were no pictures attached to this query, so therefore I will tell you what I know. If they are genital warts, and you can only get an accurate diagnosis via pap from an OBGYN, then be comforted in the fact  that HPV is a very common STI, with nearly 1 out of every 4 sexually active adults contracting it in their lifetime. The difference is the strain of HPV. There are over 100 strains and most are managed and suppressed by your immune system. While its true you may see some signs of excess papilloma tissue growth, it will be NOWHERE near as severe as some other strains you've seen pictures of. With that said, they could be papules, which are very normal, common, and seen on a large quantity of individuals as its a dermatological artifact and nothing more. However, women who experience growth, color change, changes in texture, or quantity will likely want those checked thoroughly by an OBGYN or dermatologist, as they could be a sign on pre-cancerous tissue. Get it checked out at your earliest convenience and 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

Awards and Honors
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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