Can cancer be sexually transmitted?


Q: Can cancer be sexually transmitted? 

A: Absolutely not. You cannot “give” your cancer to someone else through sex. However, certain viruses that lead to cancer can be passed through sexual activity. One of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States, called HPV (human papillomavirus infection), causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer. And the HIV virus, which is also spread through sexual contact, suppresses the immune system and can make you more susceptible to certain cancers.
--Bernice Crook, RN, OCN

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This content was last reviewed August 15, 2010 by Dr. Reshma L. Mahtani.
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