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heyeverbody
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Hi! So I've been in a monogamous relationship for about 2 years, and my boyfriend has been tested twice. I'm on birth control. Is it fine to have sex/oral etc without protection? That is to say, is it possible, when I am sure that he hasn't had sex with anyone else and neither have I, and he has two clean tests, that one of us randomly gets an STD? My doctor told me you could get throat cancer for having a guy cum in your mouth but that doesn't make much sense to me...is she right? Sorry if this is a dumb question!
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Extra info: I've never been tested. But I've only had sex with guys that have been tested and virgins can't have STDs unless their parents did right? And my parents have never mentioned anything.
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Do you remember what exactly your doctor told you? Because swallowing ejaculate really doesn't pose any health risks, and it certainly can't cause cancer.

As for STIs: the only way you can know for sure whether you're clear is if you get tested. There are STIs that can also be transmitted via non-sexual contact, and there are STIs (such as HPV) that cannot be tested for in men. So even if you have only had sex with partners who have been tested, you'll still also want to get tested yourself.

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loststone
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With regard to swallowing ejaculate causing throat cancer, I believe the strain(s) of HPV which can cause cervical cancer can also cause throat/mouth cancer if transmitted via oral sex. And since HPV cannot be tested for in men, that can be a concern.

(Volunteers, is that correct? I'm pretty sure that's what I was told when I got my HPV vaccine, but I could have remembered wrong)

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Yes, HPV has been linked to several mouth/throat cancers, BUT the link has not been conclusively proven.

Most mouth/throat cancers occur in people who smoke and/or chew tobacco and there aren't that many who get these cancers without those risk factors. With small numbers, studies are hard to confirm.

So, the gist of it is that HPV is highly unlikely to cause mouth/throat cancers compared to cervical cancer, but it might be possible. At least, that's the most current research I know of.

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