This headline seems to contradict the mantra I was taught in school; namely, that oral sex is “safe, healthy and natural:”

Oral sex ‘raises the risk of getting cancer by 22 times’

  • Researchers believe oral sex is the main way HPV ends up in the mouth 
  • The virus affects the skin and moist membranes which line the body
  • HPV causes changes in the cells it has infected which can lead to cancer
  • 500,000 people worldwide are diagnosed with oral cancers every year 
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