Re: HPV Transmission Question
After watching my sister die of oral cancer (saliva gland to be precise) this past January, I can honestly say I've done a ton of research on this issue. I've been active on an oral cancer foundation website and Yes - HPV has been identified as a cause of oral cancer. However - it is not THE only cause. Smoking and heavy alcohol use (both of which my sister was involved in) are major, major risk factors. There are people who have oral cancer who have never smoked or drank alcohol and those are often (though not always) tested as HPV positive. If you are in a monogomous relationship, the virus is all through your body at this point. Keeping your immune system top notch through vitamins, exercise, no smoking and careful use of birth control is essential. At that point, you're right, you have to enjoy your sexual relationship and do what you want! Then it's up to chance, luck, health, etc. It sucks but there are no guarantees in this life about anything! My husbands young employee just got diagnosed with tongue cancer - he's a heavy smoker and is now going through the horrible radiation my sister had to endure. It is an awful, awful disease and hopefully more people will become aware of oral cancer and seek treatment before it spreads!