Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Itchiness in vagina

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Hello,
I would really appreciate some advice. For two days I have been feeling a lot if itchiness at the opening of my vagina. I am a sexually active woman but I have not had intercourse for over a week . I am very nervous that it is an std. I have never had anything like this before, and I never get yeast infections. It is quite red and now I am noticing bumps. No pain or bleeding, just very itchy. I have included a photo.

I plan to see my doctor but it will take time to get in. Can you give me an opinion while I am waiting? Please!

Thank you

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Hi Sue,

The "white" appearance of your vaginal entrance is consistent with a yeast infection or even a bacterial infection and that could be creating the internal pruritus (itching). The bumps are just papilla and are naturally there and are experienced by all sexually active women as the act of intercourse shears the skin inside the vagina during sex creating the rigidity you see. This is why I recommend using condoms with a water based lubricant to cut down on friction abrasions and inflammation, which I see profuse amount of inside your vaginal opening. I would suggest a consult with your OBGYN and if you haven't had a pap performed in the past 3 years, then I would suggest that its time! Women should have one performed every three years to assess for cervical cancer risk and to test for HPV. Plus, if you've been engaging in unprotected intercourse, you can have an STI panel performed at most providers. The panel tests for the 7 most common STI's and HPV is one of them, along with a lot of bacterial STI's as well.

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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