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I was in a monogamous relationship for 5 years with my 1st partner. A little while after having a copper IUD placed after 3 years together, I began to get recurrent yeast, BV, and UTI symptoms. I was treated and it would go away.

One time I noticed some bumps on my inner labia and rushed into the doctor immediately to have swabs. They showed negative for HSV 1 and 2. They said there was a small possibility that I could have contracted HSV1 genitally and the tests did not pick it up, but likely not.

Now I have had these bumps a couple more times. I had another set of swabs done, also negative.

What else could this be? I still have frequent discharge, irritation, and itching all the time. Occasionally I do notice these bumps. My doctor told me it is likely from the IUD causing irritating discharge and sensitive skin from shaving. But I am now single and really afraid it's misdiagnosed HSV.

I can't find any doctors who will do the blood test as I realize it's not always accurate.

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replied February 10th, 2016
Sexual Health - Women Answer A55881
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out.

These bumps can be due to friction rub or even small folliculitis skin. The character of genital bumps due to HSV1 or HSV 2 are different. They appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. The blisters break, leaving tender ulcers (sores) that may take weeks to heal the first time they appear.

When they recur they may disappear in a few days but they are tender.

If the bumps that you are having are painful then they are most likely due to herpes sores.

To confirm the diagnosis you have to get tested for genital herpes. Laboratory tests include: culture of the virus,antigen and antibody studies and blood sampling for antibody studies, direct fluorescent antibody (DFA) studies to detect virus, skin biopsy, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to test for presence of viral DNA.

You should get these investigations done to rule out genital herpes completely.

If they are painless then HPV warts which is again transmitted after close physical contact should be ruled out. Genital warts look like cauliflower like growth and herpes presents as painful itchy blisters which scabs over.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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