Doctors have linked some cases of oral cancer in men to human papillomavirus. According to the New York Times, "more than 40 percent of the [oral] tumors in men were infected with HPV." HPV can infect the mouth during oral sex, and researchers think the uptick in HPV-associated oral cancer in men is due, in part, to "changing sexual behaviors." Says University of Michigan professor Dr. Francis P. Worden, "The high risk of HPV-associated cancers in men suggests that vaccinating all adolescents is something that should strongly be considered." Gardasil for all! [NYT]

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At 23 I was diagnosed with HPV. I'd been celibate for 2 years and was a virgin until I was 21. I was sad, sad, sad.

The male doctor made me feel like the dirtiest tramp and was very cold. I avoided relationships for YEARS even when guys knew about it and still wanted a relationship.

Cut to 18 years later when my female gyno keeps asking me if I'm sure I have it. She does a test and guess what? I did not have it.