(WORLD TECH TODAY) – The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is one of the most common of sexually transmitted infections. Researchers now say that men are twice as likely as women to contract mouth and throat cancers linked to HPV, related to oral sex.
Researchers at the American Association for the Advancement of Science said on Friday that the risk of HPV-driven cancers of the head and neck in men rise with the number of oral sex partners. Two out of three of these oral cancers are caused by infection with HPV16 strains of the virus.
Incidence of these cancers has been on the rise in recent years, according to Gypsyamber D'Souza, epidemiology professor at Baltimore's John Hopkins University. Middle-aged white men are at a notably higher risk than other races.
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