The connection between oral sex and oral cancer has been widely discussed in scientific circles.
According to researchers, most adults are at risk of contracting the human papillomavirus (HPV), and 80% of people test positive for HPV infection within 5 years of becoming sexually active. The truth is that most of us are infected, but few are affected.
There are over 100 different strains of HPV, but about 15 are at high risk. It is important to note that the detection of a virus in a person with oral cancer does not mean that the disease is caused by an infection. Rather, the virus becomes part of the cancer cells’ genetic material, which triggers their growth.
HPV found in the mouth is usually transmitted through sexual contact. This means that oral sex is the most common way to get the disease.
It is not clear how common HPV infection is in the mouth, but according to a recent study by Canadian scientists, the incidence of oral and throat cancers among men is increasing.
The study found that between 1984 and 2004, the incidence of HPV-related oral cancers rose from 16.3% to 71.7%.
At the same time, risk factors associated with oral cancer are related to sexual behaviors such as oral sex with four or more people in your life, as well as the first sexual intercourse at a very young age – before 18 years of age.
HPV is so common that almost all sexually active men and women will contract at least one type of virus at some point in their lives.