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Does oral sex cause mouth cancer?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Not directly
Oral sex can expose you to the human papilloma virus (hpv) which can increase your risk of developing oral cancer.

In brief: Not directly
Oral sex can expose you to the human papilloma virus (hpv) which can increase your risk of developing oral cancer.
Dr. Edward Gold
Dr. Edward Gold
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Dr. Alen Cohen
The HPV virus in a common cause for both oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer.
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Extremely unlikely
Oral sex by itself won't directly cause mouth cancer.
However, if you have oral sex with someone who has an active hpv infection and if the type of hpv is one that can cause significant cell damage and if you then become infected with this hpv virus then yes it can lead to oral cancer. This is why young women and men should be vaccinated against the hpv virus.

In brief: Extremely unlikely
Oral sex by itself won't directly cause mouth cancer.
However, if you have oral sex with someone who has an active hpv infection and if the type of hpv is one that can cause significant cell damage and if you then become infected with this hpv virus then yes it can lead to oral cancer. This is why young women and men should be vaccinated against the hpv virus.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: HPV
The HPV virus in a common cause for both oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer.

In brief: HPV
The HPV virus in a common cause for both oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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