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Promise and Progress - HPV Oral Cancers and Risk of Infection for Couples
Issue No. 1
HPV Oral Cancers and Risk of Infection for Couples
Date: July 16, 2014
American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, June 2013
Kimmel Cancer Center researchers studied patients with mouth and throat cancers related to persistent human papilloma virus (HPV) infection, known as HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancers, and their spouses and long-term partners. They found that the spouses and partners appeared to have no increased prevalence of oral HPV infections. HPV-positive oral cancers are on the rise among white men in the U.S., and fear of transmitting the virus can lead to anxiety, divorce, and curtailing of sex and intimacy among couples. Researchers Gypsyamber D’Souza, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Sara Pai, M.D., Ph.D., found oral HPV among spouses and long-term partners of HPV-positive cancer patients was comparable to rates among the general public.
The research was funded by the Johns Hopkins Innovation Fund and the Richard Belb Cancer Prevention Award.
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