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Yourimaginaryfriend
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Just recently, I've noticed a spot, or something like it, in my pubic area. It's not low down, it's only an inch or so in from the edge of my pubic hair. It itches slightly at times, and feels sensitive, but it doesn't fit the description of any sti I've read about.

I've thought of a few possible reasons - First, I recently trimmed my pubic hair for the first time ever, and it's come up since then, so that could be the cause. Second, I've recently started sleeping with a guy whose sti status I don't know, and though we've only had protected sex I know some infections can be passed by skin-to-skin contact. Third, I masturbate regularly, and I was wondering if it might have irritated the skin. Or is it just teenage skin acting up?

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Heather
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Where is this spot exactly? On your mons, away from your vaginal opening or labia?

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Yeah, it's only just in the pubic region, if it were just an inch or two up and it would be on my abdomen. I didn't think that was normal for an sti, but I want to be certain just in case.

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Heather
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Given its placement, what it most likely is is a zit or an ingrown hair, which are incredibly common when you shave.

By all means, symptom or not, everyone sexually active should be sure they are getting STI screenings once a year (more often if you or your partner switch or have other partners more often than that), since so many STIs will not have any symptoms. But if you're both up-to-date with those, I don't see reason for concern with this.

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