Would suspicious cells for genital warts or STDs other than vaginitis show on wet mount that would prompt doctor to order additional tests? My doctor did a wet mount & diagnosed vaginitis. However, itching/burning/swollen groun glands still persist & I've found a small hard circular bump just inside my vagina. I know additional tests would be required to confirm diagnosis of genital warts (or syphilis, chlamydia, etc), but would doc see that abnormalities beyond vaginitis were present on wet mount?
Also would a high ASO titre level affect a HIV test (cause false negative) or be an indicator that HIV is present? I have an ASO level of 536 but my HIV test came back negative.
I had a 5 week "fling" unprotected w/ a guy I knew in high school. Very concerned.
Any insight would be appreciated. I am awaiting my follow-up HIV test (16 weeks) results.
Hi cdcr80, With a wet mount you could see Trichomonas and what they call "clue cells" which are skin cells (epithelial cells) plus bacteria that will show if you have a bacteria called Gardnerella one of the organisms that cause vaginitis and they can check for Yeast (fungi). But you can't see the other bacteria that cause STDs and of course not virues as they are too small to see You cannot see cells for genital warts on a wet mount. They would do another swab for this and do a molecular test (PCR) for the STD's genitial warts (a type of HPV). The ASO titer shouldn't effect your HIV resutls to my knowledge. These tests are all very specific.
Thank you very much for your response. My concern at the moment is swollen glands on both sides of my groin, plus a skin-colored bump in a "flap" of skin that hangs from the "back" (towards my anus, not towards my clitoris) of my vagina. Its a round, smooth (doesn't appear to be cauliflower-like) hard bump. Looks like a round hard ball of skin. It doesn't hurt when I touch it. I am worried that during my visual exam, my doctor may have missed it because of the location and it being hidden by the speculum during exam. I had to pull on the "flap" to get a good look. I did so because of an uncomfortable feeling right there. I have been experiencing burning/itching, but that could be caused by a herpes outbreak. I'm just wondering if that bump sounds like a wart/HPV. I don't know what else it could possibly be.
any questions about hiv testing should be on the hiv forum.
at this point, just stop poking and prodding at the bump you found. most times these are actually normal so give it time to go down once you've treated your infection. if it's still there after a week or two, return to be seen again.
did you and your partner have your gardasil shots?
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