Sex is one of the important part of a relationship. It affects significantly to not only the relationship as well as the physical health. Sex presents a wide range of risks and being aware of the facts about certain things, including the possible link between oral sex and cancer, can help you lead a healthier life. Oral sex, the act of stimulating the genitals using the mouth and tongue, is a risk factor for spreading many sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Oral sex may not directly cause cancer, however, it can spread human papilloma virus (HPV) - the most common sexually transmitted virus. HPV infection in the mouth and throat has been linked to some types of cancer. It is claimed that human papilloma virus can cause pre-cancerous changes in cells, resulting in throat cancer later on. Cancers in the mouth and throat are sometimes called head and neck cancers.
As per the NHS, drinking alcohol and smoking or chewing tobacco are the main risk factors for mouth and throat cancer, however, growing evidence shows that HPV infection in the mouth is leading to an increasing proportion of cancer. It is estimated that about 35 per cent of throat cancers are infected with HPV.
Wearing contraception during oral sex can help reduce the risk of contracting HPV infection.