Oral Sex And Throat Cancer


Many people are still led by the belief that oral sex is free from any kind of risk. But, experts opine that even oral sex has its own risks and sometimes these risks are quite enormous. On hearing the term oral sex, some people think that it bereft any significant enjoyment, while a few others believe that it is very safe and can be compared to the next stage of sexual abstinence. But oral sex is not abstinence, it is just another form of sex and believe me you that you stand a chance [though a relatively lower chance] of contacting STDs and some other diseases through oral sex and even scarier is the link between oral sex and throat cancer. YES! You can get throat cancer from oral sex, says American Cancer Society Chief Medical Officer Otis Brawley, MD.

It’s not oral sex, per se, that causes cancer, but the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which can be passed from person to person during sex, including oral sex.

Researchers have found that some cancers of the Oropharynx (the middle of the throat) and Tonsils are probably caused by a certain type of Human Papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is common, but it doesn’t always cause cancer. If you aren’t exposed to HPV during cunninlingus, you’re not at risk for cancer.

Brawley says that hints of a link between HPV and Oropharyngeal cancer came in the late 1980s and early ’90s. Researchers noticed an increase in this kind of cancer among people who hadn’t been very prone to it before. In the early 2000s, scientists were able to use advanced DNA testing to find HPV 16 in many of these newer cancers. Brawley determined that sexual activity must be involved. Both men and women can have HPV infection in the throat. It doesn’t discriminate against gender. Although performing oral sex on a male partner without a condom is riskier than other forms- Terri Warren, RN, owner of Westover Heights Clinic in Portland. Other risks involved with oral sex include:

  1. If any one of the partners has mouth ulcers, it can cause pathogens to enter the body even before you realize it.
  2. In a few cases, if the woman is menstruating, then the man can contract infections or germs easily.
  3. Licking areas like the anus in case of oro-anal sexual relationship exposes one to the risk of ingesting (swallowing) germs.

With more people engaging in oral sex and more people are contacting STDs through it. It is absolutely essential (if you want a healthy sex life) for you know how to have oral sex safely – for you and your partner.


  • Keep semen and vaginal fluids out of your mouth.
  • Make sure that your mouth is healthy and that you don’t have bleeding gums, cuts, or mouth sores, because the presence of blood will increase your risk.

On a Woman

In order to keep vaginal fluids out of your mouth:

  • Purchase a dental dam
  • Use a piece of plastic wrap (Saran Wrap) as a barrier between the mouth and the vagina, or
  • Cut an un-lubricated condom into a latex square.

On a Man

In order to keep cum out of your mouth:

  • Use an un-lubricated, non-spermicidal condom
  • Use Flavored condoms


Test Yourself- There are many state-of-the-art technologies available in the market today to make sure that you are confident while engaging in sex. Once you come up negative in the results of these tests, you can rest assured that you are not a carrier of any infections. Hence, your partner can also be at peace.

Never go overboard- the fact that you and/or your partner is using condom or dermis gum doesn’t mean you can throw caution to the wind remember that condom, if stretched too much can tear. Be cautious.

Good Hygiene- of cause you must learn to take proper care of yourself wash and clean your body regularly especially your genitals.

Recent studies have revealed that even a small cut or sore in your mouth can trigger the possibility of coming in contact with germs that can cause infections like genital warts or herpes. Parts like penis or anus are areas that can contain a lot of germs. Hence, you need to exercise care and caution while practicing oral sex

Lastly but most importantly, stick to one partner- The more partners you have the higher your risk of being infected with Sexually Transmitted Diseases {STDs}. Having many sex partners doesn’t make you the ALPHA MALE/FEMALE- it only makes you a sex freak (excuse the expression). Be Wise, Play Safe and Stay Healthy.