Genital Warts (HPV)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common STBBI in Canada often producing genital warts. HPV can pass from one person to another through direct skin-to-skin contact during sexual activity of any kind. Up to 75 per cent of people will get the virus during their lifetime and most people who get HPV will show no signs of it. HPV (genital warts) are often diagnosed during a visual exam. HPV can also cause cervical cancer in women. Pap testing can detect changes on the cervix caused by the Human Papillomavirus. HPV can be prevented though a vaccine.

Vaccination against HPV is almost 100% effective when given prior to sexual activity. Get more info at the Gardasil website

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  • Any infection in the genital area may increase the risk of becoming infected with HIV. Practicing safer sex, by using latex or polyurethane condoms and/or dental dams for oral, anal or vaginal sex can reduce the risk of STIs.
  • Order FREE condoms & dental dams today at the Sex It Smart website
  • Want to get tested? Visit the Get Tested Why Not website
  • Call the AIDS & Sexual Health Info Line at 1-800-668-2437 if you have questions or need help.

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