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Human Papilloma Virus and Oral Sex

It appears that young men are getting mouth, throat, tonsil and tongue cancer, perhaps because they are being exposed to the virus via oral sex. So the vaccine manufacturers are now working on bringing this to public consciousness so that they can effectively market the vaccine to males as well as females. The incidence of both the female and male versions of the cancer are however low, and infection is completely in the control of the individual.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/05/08/is-the-rise-in-male-oral-cancer-related-to-hpv.aspx?source=nl

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/health/bal-te.hpv14apr14,0,1493482.story

Is the Rise in Male Oral Cancer Related to HPV?

Human papillomavirus (HPV), the sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer in women, has been linked to an increase in throat, tonsil and tongue cancer in younger men.

While these diseases were once associated with older men who have smoked and drank heavily for most of their life, head and neck cancer brought on by HPV are now occurring among men in their 40s and 30s.

Researchers believe that the increase in certain oral cancers may be traced to the spread of the HPV virus through oral sex.

New studies suggest that HPV-related oral cancer cases may eventually surpass cases of cervical cancer in the United States, which strike about 11,000 women each year.

The researchers said they hope an HPV vaccine that is designed to protect girls from cervical cancer will be approved for boys and tested for head and neck cancers.

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