Oral sex with 10 or more partners ups cancer risk, study …

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It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.

A new study reveals that oral sex frequent fliers — those who have had 10 or more partners — are much more likely to get human papillomavirus-related mouth and throat cancer, researchers from Johns Hopkins University report.

And the earlier a person begins having oral sex, the more susceptible they are to developing cancer.

“Our research helps patients and physicians answer the question of, ‘Why did I develop HPV-related … cancer,’” Dr. Virginia Drake told UPI. “Risk of infection is not solely related to number of lifetime oral sex partners, as timing of oral sex and type of partner also play a role.”

About 7% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 69 are afflicted with HPV. Around 45,000 people are diagnosed with the cancers every year, with women making up 55% of the total.

Johns Hopkins researchers also quizzed around 500 people on the sexual behaviours, including 163 who have HPV.

Among their findings:

— Having oral sex as a teen raised the risk by 80%.

— Starting your sex life younger and with more partners sent your risk skyrocketing by 180%.

— People who enjoyed May to September sex with an older partner and cheaters were 70% more likely to be afflicted.

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“People with HPV-associated … cancer have a wide spectrum of sexual histories,” Drake told UPI.

“As with all STDs, having new partners introduces some risk for infection, but most people who become infected clear the infection without developing cancer.”

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Published at Wed, 13 Jan 2021 08:43:00 +0000

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