Throat cancer and oral sex
Recently, actor Michael Douglas announced in an interview that the severe throat cancer he was found to have in 2010 and managed to defeat in early 2011 was caused by having contracted HPV, a sexually transmitted disease, from giving his wife oral sex. While doctors have known for some time that HPV can cause cancer, no one had previously been as outspoken about the link between cunnilingus and cancer as Douglas has been of late.
The primary reason that the link between oral sex and cancer is not widely known or discussed is that contracting cancer from oral sex is quite uncommon. This is due to the fact that HPV infections often do not manifest in any discernible ways. In fact, most people recover from HPV without ever knowing that they had it. Only if HPV causes abnormal cells to develop in the body, as happened with Douglas, is it possible for cancer to occur.
While Douglas’s public admission about how he contracted HPV and subsequently was found to have cancer is causing a stir for many of the wrong reasons, it is getting people to talk more openly about the many little-known dangers of various sexually transmitted diseases. There are other sexually transmitted diseases that, like HPV, are difficult to detect. Chlamydia, for example, can sometimes cause very serious and painful symptoms that cannot be ignored; however, symptoms can also be quite subtle, causing some people to go years without knowing that they have the disease. Similarly, syphilis, which many people think of as being one of the most serious STDs, can also be present without a person even knowing that they have it.
In many instances, the only way to know if you have a sexually transmitted disease is to get tested by a medical professional. Fortunately, STD tests are widely available and often can be obtained at no cost. Along with protecting your partners and protecting your health, detection, particularly in the early stages, of STDs can have a major impact on how fast the disease can be treated and, in some cases, can determine whether or not the disease can be treated at all.
Practicing safe sex is the best way to prevent STDs. Obviously, abstinence is the best way to practice safe sex, but this isn’t an option for most healthy adults. The most popular and most common form of birth control available are condoms. Condoms are inexpensive, easy to carry, and simple to use. If used correctly, they can prevent pregnancy and can prevent the transmission of many types of STDs.
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