This piece details the health implications of engaging in oral sex which exposes people to the growth of throat cancer capable of fatal damages.
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Medical researchers are starting to put together
the numbers on how many people are dying because
of giving oral sex, and the numbers are disturbing.
According to the United States Centers for Disease
Control, approximately 8,400 Americans are
diagnosed with throat cancer each year that is
caused by the HPV virus that can be found in the
genitals. Why does that matter to Nigerians? Because
the HPV virus is very prevalent in Nigeria, and the
instances of cancer are rising.
What is the HPV Virus?
The human papillomavirus (HPV) occurs in the skin
and internal membranes of the body. The important
thing to remember is that HPV does not lead to HIV.
They are two completely different viruses that affect
different parts of the body.
One of the more common forms of cancer caused by
HPV is cervical cancer. According to a study
published by theNigerian Medical Journal in 2015,
there is a strong need to raise awareness about the
dangers of HPV and cervical cancer and the
vaccinations that can prevent them.
If Nigerians are
ignoring the most common type of cancer created by
HPV, then mouth cancer is going to be even more
HPV does not cause cancer directly
The HPV virus itself is not cancerous, but certain
strains of the virus can trigger the growth of
cancerous cells in the human body.
Aside from the
cervix, two of the more prominent areas for cancer
cell growth due to HPV are the mouth and the throat.
According to the Metro Magazine, HPV is responsible
for 25 percent of all instances of mouth cancer in the
The threat of mouth cancer from oral sex is
real, and it is a threat that is getting more prominent.
How oral sex can kill you
The one thing that HPV and HIV share is that the
carrier usually has no idea they have the virus. The
carrier develops the virus, and then the virus is
passed on during the exchange of bodily fluids with
someone else. The recipient is the one who runs the
risk of contracting whatever disease the virus is
intent upon creating.
This means that the person giving oral sex is at risk
of getting the HPV virus from the person they are
pleasuring, and then the virus could trigger
cancerous cell growth in the recipient. This includes
genital and anal oral sex.
The chances are still statistically small
The HPV virus has hundreds of strains, but only a few
are able to trigger cancerous cell growth. However,
the rise in the number of instances of throat and
mouth cancer due to oral sex cannot be ignored.
good news is that most people who contract the HPV
virus never develop any disease at all.
The bad news
is that the HPV virus is difficult to detect in the
carrier, and it can move quickly once it is passed to
Nigerians need to put more emphasis on being
vaccinated for HPV, and diminishing the possibilities
that they will contract any kind of disease from oral
Another way to decrease HPV infections is to use
protection during oral sex. This is not always a
preferred method of prevention among couples, but
there are plenty of protection products available that
can offer pleasure and safety at the same time.
With the rise in virus-based diseases in Nigeria, it can
be frustrating to hear that oral sex may no longer be
a safe alternative to intercourse. But if Nigerians take
the proper precautions, then they can reduce their
chances of contracting cancer and get back to
enjoying sex with their partners.
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