My 20 year old daughter has genital warts, and our...

Question: 

My 20 year old daughter has genital warts, and our immunization records show that she did not have the HPV vaccination. Should she get it now, or is it too late? What do we do?

Answer: 

The HPV vaccine protects against infection from certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that cause cancers of the anus, cervix, mouth and throat, penis, vagina, and vulva as well as genital warts. It is designed to prevent infection, not treat infection. However, even if someone has already been infected with the type of HPV that causes genital warts, they can still protect themselves against the types that can cause cancer since they may not be infected with those types yet. The HPV9 vaccine which is currently in use in BC, protects against 2 types of HPV that cause about 90% of cases of genital warts and 7 types of HPV that cause cancer. We recommend that your daughter contact the local public healtlh unit to discuss having the vaccine if she did not receive it in school. You will find the number for your health unit here.

Immunization Nurse