HPV study finds 7% of U.S. teens, adults carry virus in mouths

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    Jan 26, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    Infection with HPV — human papilloma virus — heightens the risk of developing cancer of the mouth and throat. The findings indicate that most cases of oral HPV can be traced to oral sex, rather than to kissing or casual contact.
    - LA Times

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    Jan 26, 2012 10:25 PM GMT
    http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-oral-hpv-20120127,0,1665761.story
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    Jan 27, 2012 2:33 AM GMT
    Recently learned that oral infection with some strains of HPV may be a much greater risk for throat cancer than smoking and drinking:

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn11819-oral-sex-can-cause-throat-cancer.html

    (from the article)After controlling for other risk factors for throat cancer, such as drinking and smoking, the analysis revealed that people who had prior infection with HPV were 32 times as likely to have this cancer as those with no evidence of ever having the virus. And those who tested positive for a particularly aggressive strain of the virus, called HPV-16, were 58 times more likely to have throat cancer.

    By comparison, either smoking or drinking increases the risk of such cancer by about threefold.


    It's concerning when you think about the burgeoning rates of oral HPV infection. Anyway, the more you know...