Posted Mon Mar 05, 2012 01:03 PM
Condoms seem to be accepted method of risk mitigation for vaginal and anal sex and fellatio however I know of no method of protection for cunnilingus (and personally, I think that fellatio with a condom greatly detract from the experience). The diseases that concern me the greatest are those that are viral in nature (Herpes, HPV (incl genital warts), HIV: Once you get them, they are your friends forever) although I don't discount the dangers and severity of bacterial diseases (but at least they can be eliminated via antibiotics once detected). One bright spot is that I understand that the application of HPV vaccine to males as well as females is gaining acceptance.
I suspect that most share my concern about this issue. Any suggestions and/or experiences that anyone wishes to share for the greater good.
Posted Mon Mar 05, 2012 04:13 PM
Posted Mon Mar 05, 2012 04:31 PM
Damn you Olive, you can make anything sound hott
Posted Mon Mar 05, 2012 05:21 PM
Geez, sounds like a real crap shoot. No I'm afraid to go outside my house. Does COSTCO carry biohazard suits? I need to make my membership pay for itself. Hope they deliver.
Posted Mon Mar 05, 2012 07:25 PM
Possible, but very very very unlikely. HPV is scary, its certainly not my area of medical expertise, but I'm likely to have my kids get the vaccine. It can protect from many of the forms of HPV, certainly worth discussing with your primarily care Physician.
Posted Mon Mar 05, 2012 09:24 PM
Posted Mon Mar 05, 2012 09:41 PM
Well, it's a virus that gets transmitted by skin contact... You assess the possibility (probability) of getting infected by counting the number of people you touch in a single day, then multiply that by 365 days in a year, and that will give you the probability of infection in a given year. Once you start compounding the frequency, you'll see how it's actually very likely that you'll get infected just by a casual contact in a bus or at the workplace.
Younger people in Canada have been getting vaccines for a few years now, but even the vaccine doesn't protect from all strains of HPV. I guess that if there's not a national policy in effect in the U.S., the risk of contracting the virus is even higher than in Canada. Now, consider this scenario... Your kid has a girl he likes at school, her father is an HPV carrier but doesn't know him. The girl's father is generally affectionate with his daughter (in a fatherly way I mean). She hasn't been vaccinated, and more likely she's contracted the virus too, which she passes to your kid by kissing. Now, you also touch your son affectionately, and bam... Now, you're also HVP infected.
Tell me, what's that got to do with the fact that you're monogamous?
Posted Mon Mar 05, 2012 09:43 PM
Posted Tue Mar 06, 2012 02:00 PM
I was talking to one of my Aunties the other day, happily married for 40 years to a manogamous man, she's just been diagnosed with cervical cancer from HPV.
Either she got it from the grocery store or maybe,or just maybe her husband (the only man she's been with) had been dipping his wick before they got married.
I hope they soon get a test for HPV for men and a universal vaccine that can be given to young boys, that will pretty much stop the spread of that virus.
Vaccine has been approved for men in Canada. I'll try to post article but I'm not certain it'll fit. If not google HPV Vaccine Men and you should find a bunch of articles.
CTV.ca News Staff
Date: Tue. Feb. 23 2010 1:58 PM ET
One of the HPV vaccines available in Canada has now been approved for use by boys and men.
Merck announced Tuesday that Health Canada has approved its vaccine Gardasil for use in boys and men aged nine through 26.
The vaccine is designed to prevent infection from the HPV strains that can cause genital warts (types 6 and 11). It can also protect against HPV types 16 and 18 which, when sexually transmitted to women, can cause cervical cancer.
Human papillomavirus, which has more than 100 strains, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in Canada.
According to a Canadian study recently published in Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 56 per cent of young people in a new sexual relationship were found to be infected by HPV. Those infected were, on average, infected with 2.8 strains of the virus.
Gardasil was approved by Health Canada back in 2006 for women and girls aged nine to 26 to prevent cervical cancer and genital warts. Every province and territory now offers school-based HPV vaccination although the age group targeted varies by jurisdiction, from Grade 4 in Quebec through to Grade 8 in Ontario.
Currently, all school-based programs use Gardasil. But two weeks ago, Health Canada approved a new HPV vaccine, GlaxoSmithKline's Cervarix. Cervarix offers protection against HPV 16 and HPV 18.
Genital warts a common STI
An estimated 40,000 new cases of genital warts are diagnosed each year in Canadian men and women. Merck says that 90 per cent of cases are caused by the HPV strains covered by the Gardasil vaccine, types 6 and 11.
Dr. François Coutlée, a clinical researcher at the Molecular Virology Laboratory, CHUM - Hôpital Notre-Dame, who has been researching the use of Gardasil in men, says most people who get genital warts will eventually be able to fight off the infection.
"For most individuals who develop genital warts, it's just a matter of time when their bodies will fight it off. It can take six months, two years, three years," he told CTV.ca. "But for 95 per cent of individuals, the immune system will fight off the infection."
In the meantime, he noted, most will develop the unsightly and embarassing warts that can be uncomfortable to remove.
"Warts don't kill but you have to go for treatment and retreatment for recurrences. So there is a psychological and physical burden of getting infected with genital warts," Coutlée said.
He also noted that even those who have successfully fought off infection with one strain of HPV can still be infected again.
"Infection with multiple types at the same time is a possibility," he said. "Even if you've been infected with one type doesn't mean you can't be infected by another type. And there are about 40 genital types around. So lots of genital types."
Coutlée is now taking part in research to test Gardasil's ability to prevent anal cancers in men. In a recently-completed Phase 3 study, the vaccine prevented 77.5 per cent of the pre-cancerous lesions that can lead to anal cancer in 16-to-26 year-old ga
Posted Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:14 AM