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Had HPV and Now I Have Little Bumps Around My Vagina

Published: November 30, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I am a 23 year old female and was diagnosed with high grade HPV back in april. I have been with the same guy for over a year and recently little bumps appeared around my vagina and I just wondered what that could be. They don't hurt or itch. Thanks!

Signed: Had HPV and Now I Have Little Bumps Around My Vagina

Dear Had HPV and Now I Have Little Bumps Around My Vagina,

The bumps around your vagina could be genital warts. According to Planned Parenthood, genital warts are growths on the skin of the genital area and around the anus that are caused by certain types of the human papilloma virus (HPV). About 360,000 people in the U.S. get genital warts each year, so it is a common STD. After exposure to a virus that causes genital warts, it can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months (or longer) for them to develop.

Genital warts are spread by skin-to-skin contact, generally during vaginal, anal or oral sex play. Genital warts can be spread even when no warts are visible, so it is possible to be carrying the virus with no visible symptoms for some time and then pass the virus unknowingly onto someone else.

Since TeenHealthFX cannot know for sure what these bumps are, it is important for you to meet with your primary care physician or gynecologist so you can get an accurate diagnosis and any needed treatment. Hemorrhoids, syphilis, skin tags and other conditions can have symptoms that seem like genital warts symptoms, so, again, it is important to have a doctor examine the area and make a proper diagnosis. FX would also recommend that you refrain from any sexual contact until you have met with your doctor and been properly diagnosed.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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