by Saxon Burns
The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a report that may make people want to hold off on casual oral sex, especially if they're the type of person who can't help but think about throat cancer when they're sexually aroused. Michelle Fay Cortez explains why on Bloomberg.com:
A study in 300 adults found that those infected with the human papillomavirus, or HPV, who had oral sex with more than six partners, were three times as likely to get throat cancer. The research was included in a package of studies and commentary on the virus in today's issue of the journal.
Cortez quoted the researchers as saying that the results of the study "provide a rationale for HPV vaccination in both boys and girls."
Makes sense to me, if these findings hold up. But I'm sure conservative-Christian groups--in their zeal to promote the "Virginity or Death!" cause--will work to see that widespread vaccination doesn't happen.
(Editor's Note: Dan Savage writes more about this in the May 17 issue of the Weekly.)