Anyone who was alive in the 90’s most likely remembers former President Bill Clinton claiming that he didn’t believe that oral sexx was actual sexx. Many people have even resorted to using oral pleasure instead of traditional sexx in an effort to guard against pregnancy and sexxually transmitted diseases, mistakenly thinking that oral sexx is safer than traditional sexx. Today, we know better. With scientific research and advancements, we also know that oral pleasure and cancer are definitely linked. Could oral love-making cause cancer?
Oral sexx and HPV
You most likely do not require a description of what oral sexx is, you might not know what HPV is. HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus, and it is the leading cause of cervical cancer today. This same virus, HPV, can also cause oral cancer, and it is transmitted through oral sexx in this instance. This was determined in a study conducted at the Ohio State University from 1974 to 2007 – a 33 year study. HPV has no cure.
Through this same study, it was discovered that if a person engaged in oral sexx with six or more partners, they were at the highest risk of getting HPV and oral cancer. The risk of getting HPV related oral cancer is even higher than the risk of getting tobacco related oral cancer, meaning that the situation is very serious. This information comes from a study done in France. Another study conducted in the United States, at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, states that engaging in oral sexx with just five or more partners increases your risk of HPV, oral cancer, and throat cancer by 250%.
The HPV vaccine and oral sexx
Today, a vaccine is available to guard against HPV. Young women are encouraged to get this vaccine, and it has been proven to guard against contracting cancer causing HPV, in terms of cervical cancer. However, scientists do not yet know whether this same vaccine, for the same virus, will also guard against oral cancer, due to oral sexx. The company that produces the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, expects to see the HPV vaccine recommended for men as well in the near future.
Due to the rise in oral cancers that are brought on by HPV, spit tests are currently being tested, and these can be used to help identify those who are at high risk of oral cancer and throat cancer due to HPV. Unfortunately, we have no idea when such tests will be released to the market.
Approximately 100,000 people are diagnosed with throat and oral cancers every year in the United States. What scientists do not understand, however, is that young white males are at higher risk than any other group when it comes to HPV and cancer caused by oral sexx.
Protected oral sexx
Simply put, you must use condoms. Hopefully, you are already aware of the dangers of sexxually transmitted diseases, from a genital viewpoint, and you use condoms for sexxual intercourse. You also need to start using condoms for oral sexx. Since we do not know if the HPV vaccine will guard against oral cancer and throat cancer, this is the only option that you have to protect yourself.
Just as the ‘withdrawal’ method usually fails to protect against pregnancy when it comes to sexxual intercourse, you also cannot count on this method to protect you against HPV or oral and throat cancers. Small amounts of fluids and semen are emitted long before ejaculation actually occurs in full, and these bits of fluid can contain HPV.
Obviously, when you purchase condoms for use in oral sexx, you should purchase non-lubricated condoms. Using a lubricated condom for oral sexx could actually poison you, because of the ingredients used in the lubrication.
It is also important to know that if you have unprotected oral sexx, and you smoke or drink alcohol excessively, your risk of oral and throat cancers is increased by three times. Considering that your risk has already increased by 250%, just by having unprotected oral sexx, when you add smoking and drinking to the mix, the risk certainly outweighs the potential pleasure.
Although there has not been enough research done in this particular area, it is possible that those people who have had their tonsils removed, who perform oral sexx on a partner are at a slightly lower risk for throat and oral cancers. This is because the tonsils actually trap particles, and those particles could be infected with HPV. The tonsils have numerous grooves that make this possible. Getting your tonsils removed for the purpose of guarding against cancer related oral sexx doesn’t make much sense, however, because the tonsils perform important functions. This is not a viable option for protected oral sexx. As with sexxual intercourse, the only way to protect against transmitting diseases is with the use of a condom, or by practicing abstinence.