……I don’t have any STIs or HIV, but I do have bumps on my vagina. They aren’t painful, but they keep appearing. What can it be?
Lets talk a little bit about STIs. STIs can be a very real risk for people if they are engaging in certain types of sexual contact. It’s good to know that when it comes to STIs there are four modes of transmission. They are…
- Sexual Fluids (Semen and Vaginal fluids)
- Skin to skin contact
- And Mother to Child (Breast milk and Vaginal Delivery)
In order for someone to contract an STI, they would need to engage in sexual activity with a person who already has an STI in which one or more of these modes would come into play.
At a checkup, they aren’t going to test automatically for all STIs. It’s also important to know that not all STIs are not tested for the same way. For example STIs like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea can be tested through a urine sample. And STIs like HIV, Syphilis, an Hepatitis B can be tested through a blood sample. It would be important to have a conversation with your clinician if you were interested in getting tested.
In terms of bumps on the vagina, it is hard to really know what is going on without having a clinician look at it. But the good news is, if you have bumps when you get your check up your clinician can look to determine what might be going on!
If you have more questions, you can give Teen Clinic a call! 303-442-5160