Laser Surgery for Genital Warts
British Columbia Specific Information
Genital warts are a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that are caused by infection from the human papillomavirus (HPV). For information about genital warts and HPV, see HealthLinkBC File #101a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection and Genital Warts. The Public Health Agency of Canada provides Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections, which includes treatment of genital HPV infections. Please speak with your health care provider to discuss the best treatment option for you.
Approximately 70 per cent of all cervical cancer is caused by the HPV types 16 and 18. Health Canada approves the HPV vaccines Cervarix® and Gardasil® for use in women up to the age of 45. The vaccine is provided free to girls in grade 6. Girls born in 1994 or later who were eligible for the HPV vaccine but did not receive it may contact their local health unit to get vaccinated at no cost. ImmunizeBC further recommends the vaccine to boys age 9 to 26 but this is currently not publicly funded. Women and girls under the age of 45 who are not eligible to receive the vaccine for free can purchase it from a pharmacy or at their doctor's office. For more information on other HPV vaccine programs in B.C., visit the ImmunizeBC website. To learn more about the HPV vaccine, see HealthLinkBC File #101b Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine.
For more information on STIs, sexual health information, where to get tested and other sexual health services in your area, visit the SmartSexResource website.