Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Could this be genital herpes?

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About 5 days ago I noticed a single bump in my inner labia that itched a bit and then it seemed to go away after 3 days.  Just yesterday I noticed some irritation on my vulva and began to feel bumps forming.  They don't seem to be blisters and they hurt only a little bit when I touch them and when my underwear rubs against the area.  It seems swollen and puffy where the bumps are and I also noticed my vaginal discharge is white.  I slightly remember having the same problem the first time I had a yeast infection where spots on my vulva and labia turned swollen and itchy but I do not remember feeling bumps like this. I have had a promiscuous sex life about 6 years ago and the last std/sti test I had was last year during my pregnancy and I came negative on everything I was tested on.  I know they don't test for HSV so I know I could be at risk for carrying it.

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Hi Alice,

This would be something I would bring up with your OBGYN who can perform a test sample that can be analyzed for cause. I cannot diagnose anything, nor can I truly tell what the cluster of bumps really are, but I think they may be related to a fungal infection, so please consult your primary care provider for more information 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

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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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