The time has come. You're dating a great guy and you think that things may soon lead to the bedroom. But, being responsible, you know you've got to have "the talk" before things go any further.
This has got to be a difficult scenario to face. After all, you're in the midst of a blossoming romance with someone you care enough about to have sex AND share a very intimate and private piece of information about yourself.
Opening up about having an STD (particularly the ones that are incurable, like HIV, genital herpes and HPV infection) can be downright frightening and a lot of people may be tempted to opt out of having the discussion altogether. You may even wonder if using safe sex practices may spare you from an embarrassing conversation with someone you're just getting to know.
It might, but if you really care about the person with whom you are considering having sex, you should tell them. It's not always possible to know with complete certainty when an STD is transmissible.
A common concern of women are bumps that they discover on the vulva. Before you panic, know that there are a several causes of bumps or pimples on the female genitalia and most of them are NOT contagious, NOT life threatening, and NOT STDs.
Here's what you need to know:
Cysts are common and can occur anywhere on the body. In the vulva (the area near the vagina) they often arise from a blocked skin gland. They often look like pimples or lumps under the skin. If fairly large or uncomfortable, it can be incised and drained by a doctor. Squeezing them on your own is NOT a good idea as it can cause the introduction of bacteria and cause infection. A few common genital cysts in women include:
1. Skene's duct cysts. These occur on either side of the urethra (where you urinate). You can self treat these with warm compresses, or if large, it can be opened up by your doctor.
2. Bartholin cysts occur on either side of the lower part of the labia majora, the outside of the v...
Once you've had a symptomatic outbreak of herpes, you often can tell when another one is coming on. And, many, aware of the warning signs - burning, pain, itching - start therapy with an antiviral drug. After this prodrome, a person with genital herpes often has an outbreak of ulcers or blisters in the genital area. However, how many of you have treated what you thought was a herpes outbreak for a month or two and it STILL won't go away? If this is you, read on. While it is possible for a herpes outbreak to last a week or two, it's unusual for a healthy person with a healthy immune system to have a protracted outbreak of herpes. Do NOT assume that all genital symptoms are related to herpes. Here are some other genital problems that may mimic a herpes outbreak: 1. Yeast infection. People with herpes get yeast infections, which can cause itching, vaginal discharge, redness and irritation in the genital area. 2. Bacterial abscess. A bacterial i...
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