A 40-year-old member asked:
is hpv a cause of head and neck cancer and does this mean it is an std?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered
48 years experience Pathology
Yes: Hpv is one of the factor in oropharyngeal cancers, alcohol and tobacco being more important. It is a sexually transmitted disease but oral infections is acquired usually through kissing, which is generally not considered sexual activity.
Answered on Jun 22, 2020
Dr. Ritesh Rathore answered
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Yes & no: Certain head/neck cancers (oropharynx, tonsil, tongue) are associated with hpv infections in ~40% cases; typically in young non-smokers & non-drinkers and also young women. These cancers respond better to standard treatments. Oral sex is a risk for hpv infection in the oral areas but typically an std refers to infections such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, etc.
Answered on Feb 22, 2019
Dr. Raja Mudad answered
31 years experience Medical Oncology
Possibly: Interesting question hpv is now becoming an increasing risk for head and neck cancer. Most people are exposed to it but only a small percentage develop oropharyngeal cancer. That is why it is recommended to give young boys the vaccine. It is in some way an std yes. Unclear if oral sex is the cause !
Answered on Dec 31, 2016
Dr. John Goldenberg answered
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes to both: Hpv has been increasingly implicated in head and neck squamous cell cancer (usually tonsil, base of tongue) and is transmitted through sexual contact. It also may be trasmitted through other froms of contact making it not exclusively a std.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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