2:47 am - 06/11/2012
Sore on Labia. Kinda freaking out.
I had a yeast infection last week, and within a day or so of getting over it, I realized that I still had some stinging / burning around my clitoris. I thought that it was just something related to the yeast infection, but then I realized today that not only does my clitoris sting / itch / burn, but I also have a painful bit on my inner labia that stings especially when I urinate. I also had pneumonia last week, so my immune system was definitely not doing so hot.
I decided to take a look and noticed that there's definitely some sort of sore on my inner labia. I'm pretty much convinced that I have herpes, so I'm kind of freaking out. I was tested in late April (early May?) for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and had a pap smear, and those were all negative. I haven't had a new sex partner since then.
I'm thinking that this may not have been the first time that I had a sore. I have a vague recollection of this happening before, and having my clitoris hurt like this, but just sort of ignoring it, so if it is an STI, who knows when and from where I picked it up.
I feel awful because I do have a boyfriend right now, but we had a bit of a shaky relationship in recent months, and I slept with a couple of other people. I always thought that if I contracted something from one of those people and passed it on to him that I'd feel awful, but after I got the STI test, I thought I was basically in the clear. My boyfriend and I are long distance, so the last time I had sex with him was when he visited about two weeks ago, and we don't use condoms.
I know one other person who has herpes, and she literally starting shooting heroin after she found out, and recently got out of rehab. So, I feel like I need somebody else who I can talk to about this.
The other crappy thing is that while I just graduated from college, I am still under my parents' health insurance. I tried to search for a gynecologist in the area (I live just outside a major city), and my insurance's website literally says that the closest gynecologist that they cover is 100 miles away. I'm going to call them tomorrow and see if there is somewhere I can go to get this tested ASAP. If that fails, there is a planned parenthood nearby that I can try to go to. I assume I'll have to pay out of pocket there, but I am technically unemployed, so don't they scale the cost according to that?
Any advice / support / anything is very much appreciated.
EDIT: 11 June 2012 - 6:08 PM: I was able to get an appointment with a gynecologist covered by my insurance (turns out there are a bunch around here, I was just not looking right) and she took a look. She looked at the sore and said that it's probably herpes, and that's what she's going to assume. She tried to take a culture, but it may be too late to tell, since the blister has already broken. In addition, she ordered blood tests for herpes 1 and 2. I called my friend who has herpes and it was definitely nice to have somebody I can relate to a bit. I was prescribed acyclovir and lidocane gel. Thanks for the support, everyone.