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Terri, thank you for all of your help!
Last weekend (6/10), I noticed a tender red bump on my labia minora- just 1 bump. I freaked out! It didn’t itch or burn, but it was tender like a pimple. I ended up popping it and white stuff came out. I went to the doctor the next morning and she said it didn’t look like herpes to her, but she swabbed it for hsv 2 just to be sure. She squeezed it so hard she said a little bit of blood came out. I also got blood work done for herpes. I got my results back and the hsv 2 blood test was negative & the culture came back negative as well. I’ve been positive for hsv 1 for years.
1. How accurate is a negative hsv 2 blood test at 9 weeks?
2. Can i finally put this fear to rest?
Thank you so much, Terri! You have really helped me throughout this time. My therapist is currently on leave and won’t be back until July.
With that being said, I’ve been worried that the lump i described to you on my inner labia minora is something like an HPV wart. I didn’t really check or examine my vagina until after this exposure. The lump I describe on my inner labia minora looks like tearing or rippling. I know that I have always had some rippling there because I use to examine myself a few years ago when I had this same anxiety/fear. Also, a gyno examined me 4 days after this incident and said she saw no lesions or warts. However, i just feel like this lump is getting bigger and i don’t know if it’s just all in my head. It doesn’t hurt, burn or itch when i touch it. The rippling/tearing is flesh colored and while examining it, nothing looks abnormal- it just FEELS like the lump is getting bigger. But like i said, this could be a part of my normal anatomy because my gyno has told me that there are all sorts of bumps and textures on the vagina that are normal. This lump does not bother me through my daily routine- i wouldn’t notice it if i didn’t examine or touch.
I’m also anxious because I’m planning on getting a Pap smear soon and in the past I’ve had abnormal results. I tested 3 times from June 2015- July 2016, every 6 months. I tested negative for HPV every single time, but had a result of ASCUS every time as well. My gyno said she wasn’t concerned and to test again in 2-3 years. Since then, i have NOT had unprotected sex (except for the condom breaking). I’m worried that maybe my pap results and this lump may be correlated & that maybe this is an HPV wart. I did have the gardisil shot once (maybe twice) when i was 13. I’m now 24.
1. What are the chances i contracted HPV/HPV Warts from the condom breaking for 1 minute?
2. Do you have any insight or advice as far as my pap results go?
3. Does this bump/lump sound like an HPV wart?
I understand you are not a psychologist, but I’m going crazy with my anxiety. I wish I could normal. My therapist hasn’t helped that much, probably because this herpes/STD fear hasn’t been the first time. I use to have severe anxiety & OCD over this fear about 3 years ago. I had completely healed the previous two years, but the fear returned as soon as the condom broke with the last guy i dated. I’m just so anxious and nervous that I’ve contracted hsv 2 from the previous 4 partners i had protected sex with, since the last time I got tested. I try to convince myself that it isn’t likely to have contracted hsv 2 bcuz I used condoms consistently, until it broke for 30 seconds- 1 minute.
I don’t recall getting any genital symptoms and I’M EXTREMELY HYPER-VIGILANT. The only symptom i thought i had was the bumps i mentioned, but you said in your reply that it doesn’t sound like herpes. This sounds terrible, but i went to the doctor after 3 of them bcuz i was anxious about getting hsv symptoms, and the worst thing i ever had was a yeast infection, confirmed by swab and thorough exam.
Any little itch, burn or sting I automatically think it’s hsv 2 and I’m waiting till a few more weeks to get tested. I’m in agony until then, and I’m even more anxious about the test results. Like right now i think I’m having a symptom, and i haven’t been intimate with anyone in a month & half, almost 2. My inner labia minor seems to have a spot that’s raised more than before or developing a bump. I didn’t notice it until i started touching. I think it’s starting to burn now bcuz I’ve rubbed it raw. I do not know the status of my last 4 partners.
1. Do you have any advice for me?
2. Should i be worried that ive contracted hsv 2 from protected sex with the previous 4 guys? Even
though one exposure did have a condom break for up to 1 minute?
3. Every little symptom i get/notice i think is hsv symptoms. How do i reason with myself?