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Oral Cancer

Oral Cancer

10/14/2009

Question:

I`ve been in a committed lesbian relationship for years and neither one of us have HPV or any other STDs. With that said, is there any research/indication that having oral sex regularly leads to oral cancer?

Answer:

If you and your partner have had negative Pap smears and have no history of genital or oral warts, it is highly unlikely that you are at risk for oral HPV related lesions, especially in a mutually monogamous relationship. Human papilloma virus or HPV has been associated with up to 50% of the oral and throat cancers. Other important cofactors are any type of tobacco use. With that said, the converse is that HPV and oral-genital sex are both very common, yet few people get oral cancers.

At this time, there is no additional research available that indicates that having oral sex regularly leads to oral cancer.  You and your partner are at very low risk for oral cancer, provided you do not smoke.

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Response by:

Deborah A Bartholomew, MD Deborah A Bartholomew, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University