This totally sounds like something my mother would have told me during a “sex talk” from my adolescence, but since there seem to be scientists involved, I’m a big more apt to buy it, rather than chalk it up to the element of residual Latin American Catholic guilt present throughout my upbringing. According to a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, the HPV virus can be passed along via oral sex and raises the risk that the person giving the favor will develop throat cancer. Those most at risk are individuals who have engaged in oral sex with more than six people. Their risk is then increased 8.6 times.
The researchers compared 100 men and women with throat cancer to 200 healthy people, taking into account their sex lives.
They found that having oral sex does not always mean you get the HPV virus. But those who do catch it are 32 times more likely to develop throat cancer, which also affects the tonsils and the back of the tongue.
But don’t get too terrified just yet, because it’s all still very preliminary, according to Dr. Maura Gillison, the researcher in question.
“People should be reassured that throat cancer is relatively uncommon, and the overwhelming majority of people with an oral HPV infection probably will not get it.”
Still, it’s not exactly encouraging. I guess I’m going to have to rethink my plan on how to move up the ladder in Hollywood. Dammit.