Actor Michael Douglas claims throat cancer contracted from cunnilingus

Yes, in true Michael Douglas fashion, the famous actor went TMI with the Guardian UK in a recent interview as explained by TMZ confessing that his 2010 diagnosis of throat cancer (1) was caused by performing oral sex. Way to tout your sexual prowess, Mike “danger is my middle name” Douglas!

He explained that he had contracted an STD from the act, one that is passed when a woman has HPV or Human Papilloma Virus. HPV is the virus guilty of causing women to develop cervical cancer. But Douglas happened to be nose-deep into a virus-infected vagina when it got stuck in his throat. Way to over-share about your wife, Mike!

Still, hearing someone as famous as Douglas share all the dirty details about his very heroic battle with throat cancer can only stand as a testament to his will power and as a cautionary tale to the world of oral-sex loving men and women everywhere.

The link between throat cancer and oral sex isn’t new and was covered here in October, 2011. As stated in that article, “”While HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, studies show women’s bodies usually clear the virus from the cervix quickly; only an infection that persists for years is a cancer risk. Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Cervical-cancer-virus-fuels-oral-cancer-type-too-2200637.php#ixzz1ZrzCLIRR)

The transmission of HPV to sexual partners can be prevented with the use of oral condoms. They make them for men and for women. They even come in different flavors so couples can have all kinds of fun with them. Even couples in monogamous relationships should use them if the female has not yet been tested for HPV. Getting tested is highly recommended because no one should miss out on the wonders of good oral sex. And using the possibility of HPV is not going to fly as an excuse, guys, for not reciprocating! If Michael Douglas can do it, so can you!

So with Mr. Douglas’s out-of-the-blue confession comes a subtle warning; even oral sex is not safe sex unless prophylactics are used or both partners are recently cleared through testing for all manner of STDs.

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