Re: HPV in the mouth questions
Jake, I'm afraid you are correct in saying it's not worth the HPV health risk to have sexual contact. My neighbor's friend who is in his 30's was just diagnosed with HPV related oral cancer in his cheek.
My niece is 14 yrs. old and just started high school and says there is too much disease going around and therefore she's not interested in dating boys now or in the future! I think she is a wise girl and is making the correct decision. I'm middle-aged, single, and don't date either for the same reason. I read that 25% of single women aren't dating due to fear of catching STD's.
The fact that HPV can be spread by French kissing is devastating, I read that a bigger percentage of men will get HPV related oral cancer than women, but both sexes are at risk of oral cancer.
I'm shocked at the ignorance of the public regarding HPV, most have no clue how transmission occurs (even some medical people I have spoken with), and think they will be saved by a condom! There should be more public awareness of the danger of getting HPV from ANY sexual contact, even kissing.
Good luck to you.