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How many teens are aware that oral sex can cause throat cancer?

How many teens are aware that oral sex can cause throat cancer?

Obviously Not enough: This topic should be covered as part of sexual education for teenagers. I am treating now a very young patient with hpv+ tonsillar cancer. The incidence of hpv+ head and neck cancer continues to increase and this is not something that can be underestimated. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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

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Can one get salivary gland cancer from oral sex?

Can one  get salivary gland cancer from oral sex?

No: No salivary gland cancers are associated with stis. Some tonsil and oropharyngeal cancers, however, are associated with high risk hpv (like cervical cancers). ...Read more

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Can a person get htlv from oral sex? If a person is going through symptoms due to htlv does this mean they are rapidly going to get cancer ?

Can a person get htlv from oral sex? If a person is going through symptoms due to htlv does this mean they are rapidly going to get cancer ?

No risk, no worry: Human T lymphtropic virus (HTLV) is rare. Although it can be sexually transmitted, most cases are not from sex; the exact source usually is not known. Oral sex is not known to transmit HTLV, although it might be possible. HTLV sometimes causes certain cancers or other symptoms, but the large majority of infections never cause symptoms or disease. This is nothing to be worried about. ...Read more

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Is hpv that causes throat cancer only from oral sex or could you get hpv thorat cancer from not oral sex?

Is hpv that causes throat cancer only from oral sex or could you get hpv thorat cancer from not oral sex?

Yes - oral/oral: Epidemiology study showed that open-mouth kissing is also associated with acquired oral HPV infection (Sex Transm Dis. 2012: 39(7):559). The risk increases among smokers or persons with multiple partners. Among all the infections, only small percentage of HPV strains are oncogenic (causing cancers). ...Read more

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Is it true you can get oral/throat cancer from too much oral sex?

Is it true you can get oral/throat cancer from too much oral sex?

Not exactly too much: If your partner has hpv (genital warts) there is an increase in your general risk for throat cancer. Things like smoking and alcohol can make this worse. ...Read more

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How do you get hpv-cervical cancer. And if she gives oral sex is it transmitt able or only through sex.

How do you get hpv-cervical cancer.  And if she gives oral sex is it transmitt able or only through sex.

STD: Lots of hpv strains, some have increased risk to develop into cervical ( or oral and throat cancer - note michael douglas). Hpv nay be visible as external warts of genitals, or not ( internal- only internal exam and pap can tell. Contagious, with contact with affected parts. Virus can be shed in vaginal secretions as well. Treatable. Not all hpv strains are pre cancerous. ...Read more

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Can you get hpv, the one that causes cervical cancer, by oral sex? My husband had an extra marital affair and he said it was just oral sex. I found on the computer that HPV is tranfered from person to person from body fluids. Is that correct?

Can you get hpv, the one that causes cervical cancer, by oral sex? My husband had an extra marital affair and he said it was just oral sex. I found on the computer that HPV is tranfered from person to person from body fluids. Is that correct?

HPV : Hpv can be transmitted through oral sex as well as kissing with an open mouth. The strains of hpv that cause cervical cancer are also a high-risk factor for developing certain oral cancers. In addition to hpv other std's that are transmitted via oral sex include herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, hiv(low risk), intestinal parasites (amebiasis), and hepatitis a. So you can tell your husband that "just oral sex" is not just oral sex because it carries a risk of contracting an std and potentially passing it on to an innocent partner. I wish you well. ...Read more

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Can a man get throat cancer by having oral sex with a wo?

Can a man get throat cancer by having oral sex with a wo?

Possible: If you consider transmission of human papilloma virus which studies have linked to cancer. If your partner has hpv, consult with your physician regarding risks. Smoking, excessive drinking, exposure to asbestos and hpv are all causes of throat cancer. ...Read more

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Can a male only get throat cancer from hpv if oral sex was done?

Can a male only get throat cancer from hpv if oral sex was done?

No, not true: Throat cancer due to HPV is on the rise, but still uncommon. Cancer-causing HPV types (mostly HPV16) are common in persons who have performed oral sex frequently, but also common in people with no oral sex. People should not avoid oral sex in order to prevent cancer. Get vaccinated against HPV and then no worries, unless previously exposed. HPV throat cancer occurs mostly age 50 and older. ...Read more

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Can you only get throat cancer hpv from oral sex or could it be from just normal sex?

Oral sex: HPV is transmitted sexually for the most part. The virus tends to locate in the mucosal layer of the foreskin of the penis. For here it is transmitted to the vagina where it can be passed to another male or with oral sex the virus is then relocated to the oral cavity where it can reduce the oral form of HPV squamous Ca. ...Read more

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I gave oral sex to my husband.Before me he was with a woman who was sexually abused.I didn't get the vaccine.Afraid oral HPV will turn oral cancer?

I gave oral sex to my husband.Before me he was with a woman who was sexually abused.I didn't get the vaccine.Afraid  oral HPV will turn oral cancer?

See ENT : A generally healthy person will clear the hpv virus so while there is a risk of cancer this is very low. That being said, if you are concerned then the best thing to so is to see and ENT for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I gave oral sex few times(to my husband).Didnt get the vaccine.I worry I have high risk oral HPV 16.I have bad teeth.Afraid oral HPV wil turn cancer?

I gave oral sex few times(to my husband).Didnt get the vaccine.I worry I have high risk oral HPV 16.I have bad teeth.Afraid oral HPV wil turn cancer?

HPV and oral sex: The fact is that sexual contact, including oral sex can transmit HPV from one person to another. Just for your information the vaccination won’t help after age 20. The use of condoms can prevent the spread of the virus during oral sex. Poor oral health is another risk factor for oral HPV infection. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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