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I seen my doctor in January with a discomfort I had on the side of my vagina.  I noticed a white/red mark that looked like a pimple or skin tag. I wasnt sure if it was a genital wart. She examined it and said no its just a sore and to put warm water on it. It has been 6 months now and its still there. Doesnt hurt but I dont like seeing it. Can it be removed? What is it?

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Hi Stacy,

It can be frozen off in a doctor's office, but that's the only way to remove it. I'm surprised they didn't offer you that option. It does look like a skin tag, but if you want it checked again for a second opinion, make sure you see another OBGYN or get an STI panel at a local health department just to be sure. Testing can be very cheap and applicable to your yearly income, so its not to be avoided. Any further questions can be directed to your primary care physician.

Best wishes,

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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