The incidence of HPV-positive (human papillomavirus) squamous cell head and neck cancers has risen rapidly in the last decade. The highest risk group are those with greater numbers of sexual partners, especially among those having more oral-sex partners. The estimated prevalence of oral HPV infection is from 5-10% of the population compared to genital HPV infection of 25-60% depending on the gender of the patient. Much more needs to be learned about this specific disease, including whether the HPV vaccination can prevent HPV-positive head and neck varieties. (It does effectively prevent cervical cancer.)
PositiveTip: Reserving sexual activity only for your life partner will control your risk of HPV-positive head and neck cancers, and cervical cancer as well.