Gynaecologist warns against oral sex

Ilorin, Sept. 6, 2017 (TNE) : Prof. Adegboyega Fawole of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), has warned that Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) has been found in the throat of people engaging in oral sex.

Fawole, who is of the Department of Gynaecology, UITH said in Ilorin that HPV is mostly sexually transmitted.

He said that the virus causes almost all cases of cervical cancer and could cause genital warts and anal cancer.

“Oral sex has been linked with an increased risk of acquiring HPV infection in the mouth and with an increased risk of developing oral cancers that are caused by HPV.

“However, sex in general has also been linked with these risks,” he said, adding that those engaging in oral sex are twice more likely to have oral HPV infection than those who do not engage in it.

Fawole, however, said there is no need for individuals in monogamous relationships to restrict their sexual activities if the pair is in good health.

He called on people to always go for screening and check-up to guard against cancer of any kind. (TNE)

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