Originally Posted by whitecherry
First off, Whitecherry, you did good describing it to us but could you give us more info, like what it looks like, colour, smell, if you can see and fluids coming out, open/closed sores, does it itch, do you have any flu like symptoms, headaches, nausia, do you notice any other pain or odd feelings inside you vagina, etc? (Same for your friend necey42.) I suggest you get checked, your friend too Necey42, but if you want us to try to help you figure this out, we need to know a little more about it. If you feel comfortable of coures. If not, then please talk to your Doctor, or a health nurse.
Here is some info on Herpes.
The virus starts to multiply when it gets into the skin cells. The skin becomes red and sensitive, and soon afterward, one or more blisters or bumps appear. The blisters first open, and then heal as new skin tissue forms. During a first outbreak, the area is usually painful and may itch, burn or tingle. Flu-like symptoms are also common. These include swollen glands, headache, muscle ache or fever. Herpes may also infect the urethra, and urinating may cause a burning sensation.
FACTS ABOUT GENITAL HERPES:
Transmission is caused by close oral, anal, or genital contact, including intercourse, masturbation, kissing, or any direct skin-to-skin contact which allows for the transfer of bodily fluids.
A person is considered contagious when prodromal symptoms, active sores, and healing lesions are present.
Herpes is potentially contagious when no symptoms are present. That is, a person who has genital herpes is potentially always shedding active virus.
Approximately 1 in 6 members of the general infected population is thought to shed active virus occasionally without symptoms.
Some people do not get typical blister-like sores but harbor active virus in their saliva, vaginal, or penile secretions, and can shed the virus without knowing they have herpes.
Lesions can occur deep inside the vagina where they cannot be seen or felt, but can readily transmit the virus.
An uninfected individual has about a 75% chance of contracting herpes during intimate contact with someone actively shedding virus.
Oral herpes can be transmitted to the genitals, and vice versa. Symptoms are similar.
Auto-inoculation: An infected individual can spread the virus to other parts of his or her body by touching an area shedding virus and then touching, scratching, or rubbing another susceptible part of the body. Towels are especially conducive to this.
It is possible for a person to contract genital herpes if the partner with oral herpes performs oral sex. Oral herpes can be transmitted to the genitals, and vice versa. Symptoms are similar.
Environmental surfaces like toilet seats may be a source of contagion, but there is no evidence that this poses a real threat to the general population. Experts differ as to how long the virus can survive on its own. The primary cause of infection remains intimate contact. Genital Herpes Information Page
I've a book called, Merck Manual of medical information (M.M.M.I.), it says that the virus can be dorment in a person for their whole life, and that means they can spread with out knowing. Your safest bet, get tested, and make your partner/s get tested. The M.M.M.I. also says that oral secretions are how, HSV1 is transmitted. That means you can do something as small as taking a drag off someone's smoke, or hit off a joint, or drinking from some one's drink who had this. But that is OK, you will porbably only get a cold sore, however, if you preform oral sex, or use spit for lubrication during sex, you have a high chance of getting herpes. If the blisters become open sores then heal with a thin yellow crust, then your chances of having herpes is very high.
I strongly urge both of you two to get an STD check. Just to be sure, besides, even if you are clean, it's still good to know when you were last free of and STD, should you contract one. IT's just resposible sexual behaviour, as well as repectable.
Have you had any changes in medications or started any medications? Maybe changed something you wear like your panties, if you got new one's it could be an allergic reation, but I doubt that. Do you use lubrication, sorry I'm assuming you are sexually active, if so are you alergic to anything in it?
Don't mess with them, other than to look at them. Try not to touch them, as that can cause them to pop, and you may not want that. Keep it dry and try not to rub it.
If your bumps are raised and red, watch them closely, because if they become flat, then turn into concave white, chancre sores. They may not hurt, but if you push near them they will release a clear discharge, highly infectious. This would be the symptoms of Syphilis.
Your bumps can also be caused by stress, anxiety, and things of that nature. When we are understress we can develop rashes, blisters, twitches, pains, aches, hives, and more. If you've bin under stress lately you may just need to find a healthy outlet.
I hope this helps, with more info I'd probably have more for you. Both of you...
May Peace and kindness be with you.