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Are there different types of HPV? If I have the kind that causes cervical cancer...will I also get genital warts?

Are all human papillomavirus (HPV) strains the same? I had an abnormal Pap smear and my doctor says I have HPV which can lead to cervical cancer if left untreated. Does that mean I could also get genital warts?

Could I have an STD even though my Pap smear was normal?

I am sexually active and have been with more than one partner. Four months ago, I had a Pap smear and it came back normal. However, today I got a sports physical and my urine came back with bacteria. Since my last Pap smear, I have been with just one person and I know he hasn’t been with anyone else. Could I have an STD even though my Pap smear was normal? Do Pap smears detect STDs? I have not had any symptoms or problems.

When should I start seeing an Ob-Gyn?

I have several questions...First, when should a girl get Pap smears done or start to go to see an Ob-Gyn? I’m not sexually active, but I do masturbate regularly. Is there a right way to masturbate? Sometimes I notice traces of brownish discharge on my panties. And finally, is it possible to get an STD from eating off the same plate and touching the same food as someone who has an STD? (My friend has multiple partners and hasn’t been tested.)

There’s a bump on my clitoris that shouldn't be there. It's white and the size of a pinhead. What could it be?

There’s a bump on my clitoris that shouldn't be there. It's white and the size of a pinhead. I've only had one irregular Pap test in my life, and that was about five years ago. Everything's been fine since then. Also, I haven't had any new partners for many months before this thing turned up. What could it be?

How do doctors test for HPV and genital warts?

I have tiny bumps between my anus and vaginal opening that a doctor said are genital warts. I want another opinion with an HPV test, but I don’t know where to go. And also, is an HPV test a culture test like you get for a bacterial infection? My boyfriend and I have been getting things that look like pimples on our stomachs and butts. I’ve been getting them on my legs too...I never get pimples there. What could this be?

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