Soft lumps in the vagina and an unpleasant smell

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Q: I am 21 and have recently been diagnosed with depression, social phobia and a panic disorder. I have suffered with depression for many years but the other conditions have only come to my attention in the last 6 months. I have been struggling to get myself to see a doctor about a sexual issue due to embarrassment, strong anxiety when going to see a doctor and this intense fear of being diagnosed with something life threatening I have had for years. I was treated for HVP at 16 (a year after I became sexually active) but have never had a pap smear or any sexual tests. Recently there has been a strong bad smell coming from my vagina and there are large soft lumps starting inside my vagina and ending around the opening. It does not hurt to touch. This does not look like warts. It is more like a mutation of the skin that has caused it to become lumpy. Some times I experience a severe burning sensation that can last for days. I have told my fiance there is something wrong and he is supportive, understanding and encourages me strongly to see a doctor with him but I still can't overcome my fears and hesitation. I am also terrified of how this could affect my relationship with my fiance. I want to see a doctor but it feels like my feet are in concrete when I start to think about when to see one. I realise this is most probably an STD or STI but please tell me what could be wrong with me, how serious this could be and how to overcome the feeling of not being able to take myself to a doctor. Thank you so much for any information.

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