According to Scientists, oral sex could increase the risk of getting mouth, throat, and other Oropharyngeal cancers by 22 times!
These findings were made by a current research led by Dr. Ilir Agalliu and colleagues at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
The report shows that about 70% of all head, neck and other Oropharyngeal cancers are linked to human papillomavirus (HPV).
There are more than 170 types of HPV, and over 40 of them are typically spread through intercourse or oral sex, and HPV-16 is one of them.
HPV-16’s presence in the mouth can increase exponentially a person’s chances of developing different kinds of head and neck cancers, the new study says.
At the beginning of the experiment, about 97,000 people provided their mouthwash samples and they were verified to be cancer-free.
After four years, 132 cases of head and neck cancers were recorded. And the mouthwash samples of those infected were set side by side with 396 healthy people.
It turned out that people with HPV-16 were 22 times more likely to suffer oropharyngeal cancer than were those without it.
Therefore indulging in unprotected oral sex with a person infected with HPV-16 could rapidly increase the risk of Oropharyngeal cancers.
HPV can be contracted through unprotected genital, anal or oral sex and can cause the cancers of the penis, vagina, anus, mouth, rectum, cervix and throat.
The virus also known as genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common virus in men and women.
When it is passed on usually through genital contact, most often during vaginal and anal sex, the person will never know it because HPV often doesn’t show any serious signs or symptoms. When in a woman’s cervix, it can lead to genital warts or abnormal cell changes in the cervix or cervical cancer over time.
While there is no cure for HPV, the good news is that the infection often clears on its own. If it does not and treatment is needed, there are many HPV treatment options.
For now, HPV treatment focuses on the symptoms of the infection. Symptoms include genital warts associated with low-risk HPV types (which doesn’t generally lead to cancers) and the precancerous changes sometimes associated with the high-risk types of HPV.
Also, males and females can be vaccinated against HPV before they become sexually active. There are currently three vaccines currently available: Cervarix, Gardasil, and Gardasil-9.