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i have noticed that i have tiny bumps on my labia minora and inner thighs. they are hardly visible, but i can feel they are there. the ones on my thighs look as if they were goosebumps. they are completely painless. i am scared about hpv. if it were hpv would it be painful or not?

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Most people with Human Papillomavirus do not have any symptoms or signs that they have it. It clears up on its down.

"high risk" types may start to see some genital warts that usually appear as soft, moist, pink, or flesh-colored swellings, usually in the genital area. They can be raised or flat, single or multiple, small or large, and sometimes cauliflower shaped. They can appear on the vulva, in or around the vagina or anus, on the cervix, and on the thigh. After sexual contact with an infected person, warts may appear within weeks or months, or not at all.

If you think you might have HPV you should consult your doctor to confirm.
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There are two kinds of HPV that are sexually transmitted:
-low risk, also known as genital warts
-high risk, also known as oncological

Low risk more often than not DOES cause symptoms -- that would be the warts. Symptoms can appear within weeks of infection, or take much longer. Sometimes the warts are too small to see without a magnifying glass, though. Although the warts can be removed via several simple procedures, there is no cure for the viral infection itself. However, 80-90% of infections are cleared (aka cured) by your body's own immune system within 9-12 months.

High risk infections have no symptoms but will cause abnormal paps in the early stages and if left untreated could develop into full-blown cervical cancer. That's why we're supposed to get yearly paps -- if it is caught early it can be treated using a quick and relatively painless outpatient procedure. Again, the HPV itself is incurable, unless your body clears the infection (which is very common but does not happen in all cases).

Genital warts typically are not painful and do not itch. But, if you aren't sure what these bumps are and you want peace of mind, go into your local STI clinic as soon as possible. They can only diagnose it by looking at it. STI clinics are preferable to your family doctor because they see more of these things, so they are better at diagnosing it. If you can't make it in right away, you could have someone you trust snap a few pics of the bumps and bring it in with you when you do have the time.
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