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I’ve had vaginal bleeding and pain with sexual activity lately...what could be the cause?

My boyfriend and I have been doing some heavy petting…but when he puts his fingers in my vagina, I feel pain and immediate bleeding occurs. I don’t have any pain normally. I think there might be a lump near the vaginal opening. What could this be?

Could I get genital warts from someone fingering me?

I’m a teenage girl and about a month ago, a guy I know fingered me. Now I have something that looks like a pimple growing on the left lip of my vagina. It feels like a wart and the center is white. It doesn’t hurt, but it is itchy. I don’t know what it is...could it be genital warts? How should I treat it? 

There’s a skin-colored bump on the lip of my vagina...what is it?

I found a bump on the inside of my vagina on the smaller lips (labia minora). It’s the same color as everything else and it isn’t elevated. However, when I touch it, it feels like a bump. I’m not sexually active, so I know it’s not an STD. What is it?

I’ve noticed some spots on my penis when it’s erect...do I have HPV?

I have a lot of visible spots on my penis that I can only see when I have an erection. I’ve also just noticed some largish brown blotches in my genital area. One is on my penis and there are a few others beside my penis on my legs. I’m usually healthy, but now I’m worried. Do I have HPV? 

After anal sex, I noticed that my anus looks black. Why would that be?

I’m a 28-year-old married woman, and my husband and I are heavy into anal sex. I noticed that my anus has become black all around. Do you know why? And is it safe for my husband to cum inside my anus?

I was diagnosed and treated for genital warts, but they came back. What should I do?

About a year and a half ago I noticed something on my penis. I thought nothing of it and it went away by itself. About 18 months later, something appeared again so I went to the sexual health clinic, where they diagnosed several flat warts. I was given ointment to treat the warts and that seemed to help. But then a flat wart came back ⎼ much bigger, 0.5 cm diameter ⎼ and another has become a raised wart, about 0.3 cm diameter. I treated them again with the ointment and they seemed to be going way again...but almost overnight, they have come back. T he raised wart raised and the flat wart is looking pink and healthy. Can you help? Is there another ointment I can get? I do not want to go to the sexual health clinic again if possible.