Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Three bumps

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John,

Recently I have noticed three little bumps on the opening of my vagina. They were not irritated until I noticed them and then tried to see what they were. I am sexually active but have been with the same partner for a few months now. Within the last few weeks I have noticed some all over mild itching, similar to a yeast infection I had previously. I am not sure if I have always had these bumps and never noticed, or they are something to be worried about. I have a STI exam on Thursday but still looking for any other advice.

Thank you.

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Hi Amy,

They could be papules which are harmless but the only sure fire way to test for HPV is via a Pap smear. For any other STI the physician will perform a visual exam followed by a blood panel and possible treatment options. Please address any concerns with your doctor.

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.

Experience

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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