Men often believe that they are immune to most STDs that are commonly associated with women. Recent studies have showed that there the new STD is becoming a threat to men as it is related to oral sex. When first introduced, HPV (the human papillomavirus) was of little harm to men; new discoveries have provided research that it effects both men and women. The act of receiving or performing unprotected oral sex with a person infected with the virus can danger one’s health. There is also an increase in throat and neck cancer cases within the last 12 years.
BlackDoctor.org provided a detailed discussion stating that tobacco use is no longer the the leading causes of mouth, neck, and throat cancer. There is an increase in cancers related to HPV are playing major roles in the newer developments of cancer. Due to a low rate of marriage in the black community there is a higher number of sexual partners resulting in a higher rate of STDs the black community. A researcher reported to have randomly provided 20 men in a barbershop with STD testing. When the results were returned, half of the men tested positive for Chlamydia and were not aware of their status.
Although there is a rise in HPV among women, based on reports from the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the 11,000 cases resulting in cervical cancer will decline because women are getting yearly Pap-Smear exams. Men are less likely to go to the doctor therefore the number of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer cases will increase with the large majority of diagnoses among men. For those who are undiagnosed, the disease has the capability to festers on the interior of the mouth and throat of the individual, resulting in the appearance of cancerous sores.
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