Laser Surgery for Genital Warts
British Columbia Specific Information
Genital warts are a sexually transmitted infection (STI) 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.
You may also be interested in exploring HPV vaccination. There are 2 HPV vaccines available in Canada: Cervarix® and Gardasil®. Both vaccines protect against infection by HPV types that cause most cases of cervical cancer and several less common cancers. Gardasil® also protects against infection by the HPV types that cause most cases of genital warts. The vaccines prevent HPV infection but do not get rid of the infection once it has occurred. For more information on the HPV vaccines, see HealthLinkBC File #101b Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines.
For more information on STIs, sexual health information, where to get tested and other sexual health services in your area, visit SmartSexResource.