Hi, I have a serious vaginal rash that I got a few days ago when I started my monthly menstruation. There's also a small blister. I have never gotten this kind of rash before and I'm wondering if it's a STD or I might be allergic to the menstrual pad that I used. However, that is highly unlikely as I have been using the same brand for a few years. I'd like to know if there's anything I can do before I go to a OB/GYN.
The blister could be herpes. You should have it cultured within the first 24 hours of it's appearance or else the results won't be accurate. You could also have a blood test done for herpes type specific. When was the last time you had unprotected sex? If it was over 3 months ago, the blood test will be accurate.
Regardless, you need to be checked. Your boyfriend can carry the HSV2 virus and be asymptomatic. 25% ( 1out of 4 people) of the population has herpes and about half don't know it. I'm not saying this to scare you. You need to be checked. It could very well be something else. But you should rule out std's first. Good luck.
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