Oral sex is great but its not risk free. It can cause cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), oral sex is one of the most common ways to spread sexually transmitted diseases, like chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV).
HPV is the culprit when it comes to oral sex and cancer.
When practicing oral sex, you need to be afraid of oropharyngeal cancer. Which can also be referred to as cancer of the throat.
“We’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg of this problem, and it’s really a public health crisis,” explains Ted Teknos, M.D., chairman for the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.
There have been a 300 percent increase of HPV related cancers from the 1980s to the 2000s.
“We’re just seeing the effects now, but it’s going to be much more common in the coming years and decades,” he adds.
So piece of advice for oral sex lovers, put and keep your tongue only where it can come out safe.