Epidemiology of genital warts in British Columbia

 

 
 

Epidemiology of genital warts in British Columbia

Genital warts remain one of the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infections worldwide. HPV is a large family of viruses, some of which are considered high-risk and can lead to the development of cervical cancer, and others are considered low-risk. Some low risk subtypes including types 6 and 11 are associated with causing genital warts. The HPV vaccine administered in British Columbia’s school-based vaccination program offers protection HPV types 6 and 11.  This project will determine the incidence of genital wart infections after the introduction of the publicly-funded HPV vaccination program. This will help us to see if the vaccine has had an impact on the rate of infection.  

 
 
 
 Photo courtesy of QUEST

Photo courtesy of QUEST