Partners of patients diagnosed with human papilloma virus (HPV)-positive oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) were no more likely to test positive for oral HPV infection than people in the general population. According to a [s]Health-Canal[/s] report, findings should lessen anxiety that OPC cancer is contagious, at least among long-term partners, and confirms that couples who have been together for several years do not need to change their intimacy or sexual behaviour because of the cancer diagnosis. The study is the first large one to examine HPV infection among partners with HPV-caused oropharyngeal cancer and their partners.
[link url=http://www.healthcanal.com/cancers/50441-oral-cancer-linked-to-human-papillomavirus-hpv-infection-does-not-increase-hpv-infection-risk-among-long-term-partners.html]Full Health-Canal report[/link]
[link url=http://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2014/04/28/JCO.2014.55.1341.abstract]Journal of Clinical Oncology abstract[/link]