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confused as to how I may have an std and I am very scared

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Okay so I'm 18 years old female, a few weeks ago I found a blister where my pubic hair grows, this morning I went to the doctor - he told me he was unsure whether it was a genitsl wart as there is just one singular wart for the past few weeks. I really don't know how I could've caught this and I have had one sexual parter who I have had sex twice with using condoms carefully each time. We were both each other's first sexual partner. I am confused as to how I may have an std and I am very scared and embarrassed!


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replied July 27th, 2015
Welcome to e health forum.

It seems that you have been examined by your doctor and he suspects that you have a wart.

Genital warts are caused by infection by HPV.

Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat. Most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it. At least 50% of sexually active people will have genital HPV at some time in their lives. But most people never know it. This is because HPV most often has no symptoms and goes away on its own.

HPV is passed on through genital contact, most often during vaginal and anal sex. HPV may also be passed on during oral sex and genital-to-genital contact. HPV can be passed on between straight and same-sex partners even when the infected partner has no signs or symptoms. It is also possible to get more than one type of HPV.

If you have doubts about your diagnosis, it would be better that you consult a dermatologist and seek a second opinion.

Proper examination and if needed blood (serology) tests can be done to make the diagnosis.

There is no treatment which can cure the HPV infection. But there are treatments for the warts or abnormal cervical cells, which can be destroyed or removed.

If this was a false alarm, then you can get preventive vaccination against HPV. Options to reduce the risk of HPV infection are available in the form of HPV vaccine (Gardasil). This vaccine works by preventing four common HPV types, two that cause most genital warts and two that cause cancers, including anal cancer. It protects against new HPV infections; it does not cure existing HPV infections or disease (like genital warts). It is most effective when given before a person’s first sexual contact (i.e.,before exposure to HPV).

I hope this information is helpful.
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