Hi, my name’s Mitch. And my name is Diana and we are here today to talk about dental dams and HPV and HPV what you guys know about the human papillomavirus? oh I know that it’s hard to identify if you have it or not it can cause cancer and the girl has to know that she has it just basically had to go get examined to find out if she knows it or not did you know that HPV is the most common STI? yes I did know that actually Wow it’s another one of those things where you may not know that you have it because it’s asymptomatic at the time people will just pass it back and forth and back and forth and it is very easy to pass back and forth because it’s transmitted through skin-to-skin contact and even condoms for penetrative sex aren’t one hundred percent effective in protecting you from HPV Really? Yeah because of the skin-to-skin contact Yeah it covers the peen part that but may not cover… How do you think HPV is transmitted into your throat? Any type of oral sex where your mouth will come in contact and that’s the thing like even if you were just doing stuff with like the tip of your mouth or like your lips everything gets like moved back right? I was gonna say what about like a straight guy like I’m not gonna put anything back there But it’ll still end up there [yeah] especially like you’re not sitting there being like like you’re getting in there I what you did with that! You what you’re doing so like I imagine there’s lots of movement so like – everything – it’s a mucous membrane right things are gonna get to the back your throat if your mouth on them so yeah yeah so I mean if a man is giving oral sex to a woman it’s one mucous membrane on another mucous and so it gets transmitted really easily avoid yeah yeah okay so HPV has been linked to cervical cancer penile cancer vulvar cancer anal cancer and oropharyngeal cancer so basically for the strains that lead to cancers in those areas they’re passed through skin-to-skin contact so any type of sex oral sex penetrative sex can lead to those types of cancers that’s a lot that’s a dangerous business I about cervical but I didn’t know about some of the other ones so how do you get screened for HPV? that is a good question um I think I know so I have a physical once a year and I get swabs I get a cervical swab. um is that one of the ways? that’s one way to test for cervical cancer so that’s called a pap smear how else can you get tested? yeah they haven’t been swabbing my areas when I go for it this is not good so um since we’re talking specifically about oropharyngeal cancer today for the cervix you can do a pap smear and check for HPV related cell changes which can be precancerous. that can actually also be done in the anus unfortunately for your oropharynx there is no screening tests that can be done as of right now oh man so if you do contract HPV in that area it is not detected and most people go at asymptomatic if it will become cancerous typically the first sign is something like a tumor so yeah there’s no screening for oropharyngeal cancer wow that’s really scary that’s a little freaky do you know what the oropharynx is? the oropharynx? like what area i’m guessing it’s in something that covers this inside of here well your pharynx is your larynx is your voice box your pharynx is like near the larynx yeah yeah and it’s like it’s more esophageal related? well okay so your pharynx is actually you can think of it as the back of your throat okay so when we’re talking about oropharyngeal cancer talking about that space from about the roof of your mouth where it hits the back of your throat to right above where your voice box starts okay Wow and forward? well you can get HPV related cancer also in your mouth but the increase in cancer that we’ve been seeing has been specifically in the back of your throat yeah so have you heard about the increase in hpv-related oropharyngeal cancer? no but I feel like I’m about to so they did a study and from 1984 to 2004 they found a two hundred and twenty-five percent increase in the annual incidence of hpv-related oropharyngeal cancer whoa two-hundred twenty-five percent? [yes] that’s huge! and additionally they estimated that by 2020 in two years is when they’ll see hpv-related oropharyngeal cancer surpass the annual incidence of cervical cancer Wow they also found that it’s affecting a younger generation and it’s more prevalent in men than women Wow in the pharynx or just in general? in the oropharynx [okay] yeah so this specific type of cancer is affecting men more than women Wow that sucks is this the only cause of that type of cancer there there or is there other…? so there are other ways yeah you can get you can get cancer in your oropharynx and in your mouth and in your voice box from things like tobacco use alcohol consumption [alcohol?] yes for about 50 years throat cancer was attributed to tobacco use and alcohol but as they saw this type of cancer increase HPV related oropharyngeal cancer they saw a fifty percent decrease in the type of cancer that were related to smoking and alcohol in this area so now they say about seventy percent of cancers in this area of your throat are attributed to HPV so this is a big way to reduce your risk really yeah huge hugely important well so it’s not all doom and gloom what do we do to protect yourself we can put a dam in there yeah spread the knowledge not the HPV virus exactly and spread out these dental dams cause they’re super stretchy!