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Oral sex partner numbers, initiation timing tied to oropharyngeal cancer risk


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Reuters Health - 11/01/2021 - People who have oral sex at younger ages or with high numbers of partners have an increased risk of developing oropharyngeal cancer related to human papillomavirus (HPV), a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data on 163 adults with HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers and 345 matched controls who were treated at an otolaryngology clinic for conditions unrelated to cancer. Participants completed a behavioral risk survey that detailed any recent sexual activity, number of sexual partners, types of sex acts, age at sexual initiation, and other sexual health factors such as partner characteristics and substance use. Overall, people with a history of more than 10 oral sex partners were more likely to have HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer (odds ratio 4.3), researchers report in Cancer. In addition, risk was higher among those who had engaged in oral sex for more than five years (adjusted OR 2.8) and those who initiated oral sex before the ...


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