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06 Dec 2005

sexually abused daughter's symptoms
About two weeks ago we found out that my six year old daughter was molested over a period of time by my father-in-law. We are all seeing a specialist to deal with the emotional side of it. Thinking back of the physical signs, I recall ,while bathing her, seeing redness around her vagina , this was a few days after a holiday with her grandparents ( we now know she was abused on that holiday). I asked her if it was itchy or sore, she said it was O.K., that I should not worry about it. I regret not acting on it - I knew I saw it before, but thought it could not be an infection if it is not bothering her. Now that it is out, I asked her about it, and she said that it in fact was itchy and burny. I would like to know what infection could cause that and if there could be lasting symptoms to watch out for? I am worried about things like Herpes virus for instance. What is the chances for AIDS?
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GynaeDoc
gynaedoc

01 Jan 0001

It really depends if your father-in-law had any infections. It would probably be a good idea to take her to a gynaecologist and have a swab taken to exclude the commoner things such as gonorrhoea.

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