Oral sex no longer can be considered to be safe sex

The Age [Australia]
10 June 2008

Oral sex blamed for throat cancer rise

For five gruelling months in 2006 and 2007, Carol Kanga suffered through treatment for a life-threatening case of throat cancer linked to an unlikely source: a sexually transmitted viral infection.

Unable to swallow food or water during chemotherapy and radiation treatment, Kanga was fed through a stomach tube. Her one respite came on Thanksgiving, when she savoured a single spoonful of weak broth….

….concern among some researchers who think [HPV infections are] … causing a small-scale epidemic of throat cancer….

With 6,000 cases per year [in the US] and an annual increase of up to 10 per cent in men younger than 60, some researchers say the HPV-linked throat cancers could overtake cervical cancer in the next decade….(Full Story)

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