Sexually Transmitted Diseases/HPV or something else?

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Vaginal opening
Vaginal opening  
Hello. A couple weeks ago I went to the doctor because I was experiencing unusually discharge and itching. I had noticed I had these bumps around my vaginal opening but forgot to mention them to my obgyn. Anyways she did a swab and I tested positive for vaginosis. She gave me a seven day antibiotic which I am done with. I had some pain during sex a coupe days ago. A sort or tearing feeling almost. I had assumed if the bumps raised some questions my doctor would have said something during my exam. I was sexually assaulted about four months ago. And since then have been too embarrassed to have a checkup. But my husband has had an annual check up since then and tested clean for all stds. I know that just because he hasn't contacted anything through sexual contact with me since then doesn't mean that I myself don't have anything. I do plan on making another appointment with my obgyn but was just wondering if you could tell me what this looks like to you in the mean time. They aren't really painful to touch or press. But they do feel like they're in the general area I had pain during sex. But they were present at my last exam and my obgyn said every thing looked fine other than the bacterial overgrowth.

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Olivia,

Those are vestibular papilloma, which are normal for sexually developing women. They are considered normal cellular growth and nothing to be concerned about. They are checked during your pap smear every three years along with any chances of HPV and other forms of cervical lesions, including cancer. I would recommend investing in a water or silicone based lubricant to assist with intercourse to make sex much more enjoyable for you and your husband and you could be lacking the ability to produce enough lubricant on your own. Let me know if you need further assistance.

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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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