The association of sexual behavior with oropharyngeal cancer and correlations with HPV-16 serologic status
Objectives. This hospital-based case-case study compared the characteristics of sexual behavior in patients with cancer of the oropharynx to patients with cancers of other head and neck sites. Additionally, the prevalence of certain sexual behaviors of HPV-16 seropositive head and neck cancer patients was compared to that of seronegative patients. Methods. One hundred sixty five oropharyngeal cancer patients and 86 patients with cancers of other head and neck sites completed a sexual history questionnaire. Results. Oropharyngeal cancer patients were significantly more likely to have had a greater number of lifetime sex partners, to have engaged in oral-genital sex, and to have had a greater number of oral-genital sex partners than non-oropharyngeal cancer patients. Oral-genital sex was significantly more common in the HPV-16 seropositive group. Conclusion. These findings add to the evidence that HPV-16 is sexually transmitted to the upper aerodigestive tract and that certain sexual behaviors increase the risk for HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer.
Dahlstrom, Kristina Riis, "The association of sexual behavior with oropharyngeal cancer and correlations with HPV-16 serologic status" (2007). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1441751.