From The Age, May 11:

A study of 100 women diagnosed with cancers at the back of the throat, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, has linked human papillomavirus with throat cancer….


The researchers from Johns Hopkins University also found a high lifetime number of oral sex or vaginal sex partners, engagement in casual sex, early age at first sexual encounter and infrequent use of condoms were associated with a strain of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer. They conclude that the “widespread oral sexual practices among adolescents” may have contributed to a rise of this type of cancer in the US, and provide a rationale for HPV vaccination in both boys and girls….
“Everyone that gets infected by HPV won’t go on to get throat cancer,” [Cancer Council Australia chief exec. Ian Oliver] said. The findings did not mean people should change their behaviour. “It would be like saying stop having sex or you’ll get cancer of the cervix. That doesn’t apply.”

Added Science A Go Go:

It appears that the association between the virus and throat cancer is extremely strong, with HPV 16 being present in the tumors of 72 percent of oropharyngeal (located in the tonsils, back of the tongue, and throat) cancer patients enrolled in the study.

This is where “I did not have sex with that woman” Clinton, 40 years of comprehensive sex ed, and liberal “no need to change behavior” idiot wonks have brought us.

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