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Oral Favors Lead to Cancer

by Gina Colonette, sexual health blogger

Which term do you prefer? Fellatio, head, blow job, eat-out or go-down-on? Any way you put it, we’re talking about oral sex—desirable, pleasurable, and the cause of certain cancers. Many people don’t consider oral sex “sex,” but oral can get you in just as much trouble as vagina-penis “interactions.”

Genitalia aside, you need to also protect your throat when you are participating in oral sex. If you thought a little gonorrhea of the throat was as bad as it could get, think again. Yes, oral sex can cause cancer. Shocking statistic: 64 percent of oropharynx cancers (throat cancer) are caused by human papallomavirus infection (HPV). According to CNN.com, almost everyone has had at least one out of more than 100 strains of HPV. Everyone.

HPV, well-known for causing cervical cancer in women, is on it’s way up to being the number one cause for throat cancer in people under 50, beating out tobacco (can the government tax oral sex now?).

There are two prevention methods available to lessen your risk of contracting HPV from oral sex. #1: circumcision. If your beau isn’t already circumcised, he may never be, but there’s option#2. I’ve said it many times before and I will say it again: Put on a condom! And for women, use dental dam (it comes in different flavors). You have so many choices out there. Think about it, which would you prefer, cancer or a little latex in your mouth?

Don’t go changing your weekend plans, because there is some good news. Oral cancer caused by HPV is easier to treat than tobacco-causing cancer, according to WebMD. Also, HPV often clears itself from the body within one to two years, so there WILL be some toe-curling, tongue-twisting oral favors in your future. As for the benefits of oral sex, I’ll let you be the judge of that.