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Finding affordable treatment for genital warts

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I’ve had genital warts for about a year, and have made several trips to the clinic for treatment with cryotherapy [freezing warts with liquid nitrogen spray]. I’ve lost my job and my health insurance, though, and can’t afford to have the new warts treated. The treatment was little more than the nurse practitioner zapping the warts with the spray for 10 seconds or so. Could I buy one of these units and just do it myself? The cheapest I can find online is around $500. If you have more information on how to go about this, I’d appreciate hearing it.

We hear you about the difficulty of getting treatment when you don’t have insurance. That has to be one of the most frustrating things ever and we’re sorry it’s so hard right now. Please don’t try and treat genital warts yourself, as it can be hard to control how much tissue is destroyed, both surface area and depth. Genital skin is much different from that found in other areas, and can be tricky to work with even in medical settings. The units sold online are meant to be used by trained clinical staff and are not approved by the FDA for self-care.

Have you tried either your city/county health department, or a Planned Parenthood clinic? Often they offer free or sliding scale treatment options, or can refer you to someone who offers lower cost treatment. Another tactic is to try and see if you can work out a payment plan with a provider. Is there a medical school with a teaching hospital nearby? Get in touch with them to see what they offer.

If you want us to search for clinics in your area, send your ZIP code to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we’ll see what we come up with.