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MissJackson
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Okay..I'm a university student who has been in a relationship with an older man. We have chosen to use the pill as a contraceptive method, but have not used anything to prevent STD's etc. I guess I was under the naive assumption that if he was carrying something, I would "see" it...
But just last night I found some very small bumps on the inside left opening of my vagina. I have always had little tiny bumps (since I can remember as a young teenager) so I have always felt it was normal. But there was just about 3 small ones that seemed out of place...or perhaps I hadn't noticed them before....They're not painful...I have had no change in anything else in my body, and I don't appear to have any other symptoms...Can someone help?

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PoetgirlNY
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If you've been having sex without condoms all this time, it's a good idea to get a full STD/STI screen regardless of any symptoms.

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logic_grrl
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I guess I was under the naive assumption that if he was carrying something, I would "see" it...

It sounds like you've already figured out that that is indeed a very naive assumption. Many STDs can be present without the person showing any symptoms at all.

For example, chlamydia, a very common STD, is almost always "asymptomatic" (doesn't show any symptoms) in men, and commonly asymptomatic in women, but if it doesn't get diagnosed and treated, it can have devastating effects on your reproductive health.

So it's worth getting a complete screen (which is a good thing for anyone who's sexually active to do anyway) and checking out Safe, Sound & Sexy A Safer Sex How-To for future reference.


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MissJackson
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Well, thankfully I did go and see a a doctor at the local sexual health center and she said that everything appears fine, but she will run some tests within a few weeks just to make sure and totally set my mind at ease. I have learned one thing though---when it comes to being upfront with the person I love...well...this is quite possibly the MOST important area...and we are planning on sitting down and talking about any and every detail we must to care for our sexual, physical, and mental health.


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lemming
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Glad to hear that, MissJackson. 8)

Hope things work out well for you.

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