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My throat has been dry and a bit sore for 2 weeks. Slight blood in the mornings. It started after unprotected, rough oral sex. I'm worried I might have caught an std/throat cancer? It's dry/bit sore.

My throat has been dry and a bit sore for 2 weeks. Slight blood in the mornings. It started after unprotected, rough oral sex. I'm worried I might have caught an std/throat cancer? It's dry/bit sore.

Get tested: If you have had unprotected oral sex, then there is a real possibility of a STD. You should definitely be tested. Don't worry about throat cancer which is extremely unlikely in a woman your age. It is most likely related to the sex, but even very rough oral sex should not cause soreness that lasts for 2 weeks. Get checked, get treatment if needed, feel safe, protect yourself in the future. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Can STDs caused cancer?

Can STDs caused cancer?

Yes, yes and yes: Yes! hpv, or the virus that causes genital warts, is responsible for all cervical cancer, most vaginal, vulvar and anal cancers, most head-and-neck cancers, most non-melanoma skin cancers, etc... If that isnt enough cancer, then hepatitis b causes liver cancer as well. Get vaccinated against both hpv and hep b and your risk of these cancers drops drammatically! ...Read more

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Any idea what STD can cause cancer ? Hpv is one of them...Any others?

Any idea what STD can cause cancer ?  Hpv is one of them...Any others?

HIV: The tumors that grow in HIV infected people are polyclonal and driven by opportunistic infections and perhaps not 'true cancers' but this is small comfort when they result in disability and death. ...Read more

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What STD may cause cervical cancer?

What STD may cause cervical cancer?

HPV: Virtually all cervical cancer is caused by a single virus - human papillomavirus (letters capitalized to show why it is called hpv). Certain types of hpv are associated with cancer risk. Other types are associated with benign lesions. There are screening tests for hpv as well as traditional cytological tests - such as pap smears. There are vaccines to protect against acquisition of some types. ...Read more

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What does HPV rank amongst STDs? Compared to Herpes, is HPV worse & will it cause any health issues other than cancer? Will it affect my health?!

Perspective: Each STD has its own set of complications.There is evidence,prior to the HPV vaccine, that as many as 70% of college age women had evidence of prior disease.It can produce genital warts or give you cancer.Herpes is painful and recurrent,hard to treat & can kill your baby.Gonorrhea or chlamydia can make you sterile.Others have specific issues. Take your pick. HPV for most is relatively mild. ...Read more

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Is HPV a cause of head and neck cancer and does this mean it is an std?

Is HPV a cause of  head and neck cancer and does this mean it is an std?

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. ...Read more

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Why does HPV causes cancer where herpes for example doesn't? What makes it more dangerous when both are STDs & viruses? Will I get rid of HPV16 ever??

Your HPV will clear: HPV and herpes are different viruses. Not every virus causes the same health problems as others. Neither herpes nor HPV is very dangerous, and it isn't sexual transmission that makes anything dangerous. Most HPV infections (type 16 and others) are cleared by the immune system over 1-2 years and do not cause cancer. People tend to get freaked because of association with sex, but there's no need. ...Read more