Genital Warts Surveillance Network

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CSL Biotherapies Limitedand Department of Health

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About the Project


The aims of this project are:

  1. To establish a national network of sexual health services to conduct genital wart surveillance 
  2. To enhance the data management systems of the participating sexual health services so that they can routinely transfer surveillance data on genital warts in electronic format to the Kirby Institute
  3. To monitor the diagnosis rates of genital warts
  4. To monitor the characteristics of individuals diagnosed with genital warts
  5. To assess the impact of HPV vaccination programs on the occurrence of genital warts in a variety of populations
Design & Method

The Project involves the collection, analysis and reporting of routinely collected clinical data from nine large sexual health services across Australia. Following information is obtained from all clients attending the participating services: demographics, residency status, sexual behaviour, HPV vaccination status, and past or current diagnosis of genital or anal warts. Data is automatically extracted, line-listed and emailed on a quarterly basis to the Kirby Institute.


The project is ongoing and continues to receive data from participating services.


Accurate estimates of incidence and prevalence are not widely available because genital warts are not a notifiable disease. This ongoing surveillance system measures trends in diagnosis of genital warts, thus filling an important gap in national STI surveillance. In addition, since the quadrivalent HPV vaccine prevents infection of HPV type 6 and 11, the main causes of genital warts, the success of the national HPV vaccination program of the Department of Health and Ageing can be monitored.


A major article detailing the initial findings was published online in 2010. Full citation:

Donovan B, Franklin N, Guy R, Grulich A, Regan DG, Ali H, Wand H, & Fairly CK. Quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccination and trends in genital warts in Australia: results of national sentinel surveillance. Lancet Infectious Disease 2011; 11: 39–44.


An editorial review described the need for surveillance:

Fairley CK, Donovan B. What can the surveillance of genital warts tell us? Sexual Health2010; 7: 325-327.

Ali H, Donovan B, Wand H, Read TR, Regan DG, Grulich AE, et al. Genital warts in young Australians five years into national human papillomavirus vaccination programme: national surveillance data. Bmj. 2013;346:f2032.

Project Members
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Professor and Program Head
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Associate Professor and Program Head
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Research Fellow (NHMRC)
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Professor and Program Head
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Associate Professor
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Associate Professor
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QIP and GRHANITE manager
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Christopher K Fairley

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