BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A recent research project has concluded that men are 50 percent more likely to get an HPV infection after performing oral sex than women. Moreover, the study has also pointed out the fact that HPV infections can up the risk of throat cancer in men.
The study was performed by a team of medical researchers from the Johns Hopkins University, led by Doctor Gypsyamber D’Souza, a professor of epidemiology, who is currently teaching at the prestigious University.
The said paper and its finding have been presented on Friday during the AAAS annual meeting. According to Doctor D’Souza and her team, men have 50 percent more chances of developing a throat or mouth cancer after being exposed to the human papillomavirus.
D’Souza and her team of medical researchers have also pointed out that only a handful of HPV strains are capable of inducing cancer in men. According to the paper, two out three HPV-related cancer diagnosed in the United States draw their origin from the HPV 16 strain. Moreover, they also pointed out the number of HPV-related cancers is on the rise not only in the US but in Europe as well.
Also, throughout her studies, Doctor D’Souza managed to discover that young people are engaging in sexual activities at younger ages. Furthermore, it would seem that the incidence of throat and mouth cancer depends on the number of sexual partners.
The doctor pointed out that in the case of male patients, the higher the number of sexual partners the more chances the patients has of developing one of the two forms of cancer, related to the HPV infection.
On the other hand, although female patients are not immune to HPV-related cancers, it would seem that they are more resilient than men. According to the same study, in the case of a female patient, the risk of developing and HPV-related cancer does not depend on the number of sexual partners. Moreover, it would seem that vaginal intercourse can actually decrease the incidence of an oral HPV infection in women.
The team has theorized that female patients may develop and immunity to the virus after repeated vaginal intercourse.
In conclusion, the new study proves that HPV infections can up the risk of throat cancer in men. The probability of developing any of the two forms of cancer depends on the number of partners, in the case of men. Moreover, the team has also found out that HPV infections in men usually fade away after one or two years, and in rare instances they can trigger an abnormal cellular division.
All in all, the study has concluded that men who engage in oral sex with multiple partners have a 22 percent chance of developing mouth and throat cancer.