Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Vaginal bumps

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Vaginal bumps
Vaginal bumps  
I recently noticed tiny bumps on the inner lips of my vagina. Sometimes they burn and feel dry and I have some white discharge as well. The thing is I don't have sex with men and I've only been sexually active once in the past few months. Please help me figure out what these are, I'm really scared and confused as to what it could possibly be

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Rachel,

The projections are vestibular papillae, which are considered normal skin development in a sexually maturing adult. They are not an STI, but your discharge is probably just a fungal or bacterial infection that can either be treated with over the counter medications like clotrimazole, or consulting with your OBGYN specialist or primary care provider. Assuming you're 21 and older, every three years you usually should get a pap smear, which would check for pre-cancerous tissue and growths from HPV. Let me know if you have follow up.

Cheers,

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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