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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:41 am 

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I have read extensively on the dangers of this. Oral cancer and what not. But is it the same for low risk hpv. My gf has low risk hpv, for well over a year, but is still hpv+. How risky is it to perform oral sex on her. Would I be at risk for oral cancer at all, or just warts, which I hear is rare orally?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:06 am 
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Hi ZZZddd,

Low-risk HPV types have little if any potential for cancer; realistically, no worries about oral cancers with these types. It is possible to develop oral warts, although this doesn't happen as often as genital warts.

No one knows the exact risks of oral sex and HPV, but it's almost certainly not on par with genital/anal sex. The usual guidance is not to perform oral sex on a partner with lesions (genital warts or cervical cell changes). You can use a barrier, like plastic wrap or a dental dam, for oral sex on a female partner, though many would say this is overkill.

Hope this helps.

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