THOSE engaging in oral sex got a warning from the Federal Ministry of Health yesterday.
They run the risk of cancers of the mouth.
According to the ministry, 64 per cent of cancers of the mouth are contracted through the practice of oral sex.
It also informed that the Human Papilloma Virus that causes cervical cancer in women is now found in the mouth.
The Chief Dental Officer in the ministry, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that some viruses could be introduced to the mouth through oral sex.
Oral sex is sexual activity involving the stimulation of the genitalia of a sex partner by the use of the mouth, tongue, teeth or throat. Oral cancer is any cancerous tissue growth located in the oral cavity.
Adebiyi said that the ability of an individual to use the mouth and its supportive structures efficiently and effectively shows that the cavity is active and alive.
“Efficient use includes speaking, eating, kissing and every other thing that the mouth can do,’’ she said.
Dr Adebiyi said that the distance between oral sex and the natural sex was far and that when a natural person decides to go to unnatural places during sexual intercourse, some mishaps were inevitable.
She said that some organisms that were particularly not harmful when they were in their natural habitat would become harmful when exposed to the sex organ.
Her words: “The distance between natural sex and oral sex, l will say is very far. But if and when a natural person decides to go beyond the natural into the unnatural then some mishaps are inevitable.
“To the extent that there are some organism that are particularly unharmful when they are in there natural habitat, but when they get to their unnatural habitat, they become opportunistic, they become harmful.
“Not just the organism, the sex organs, if you now expose them to an unnatural habitat, then there are some secretions in the mouth, the saliva and then the mucosa, the soft tissue in the mouth, tongue, lining of the chick, the salivary glands in the mouth, there are some secretions in those sex organs that may become harmful to the mouth.’’
She said that cancer of the mouth was only found in people who indulged in pipe smoking in the past, stressing that the disease was no longer restricted to such group of people as it had been found in people who engaged in oral sex.
She said: “When you now find a young woman of say, 38 years who is not known to consume alcohol or smoke pipe having cancer of the mouth, then one must begin to wonder.
“What we have found out is that most of them had multiple sex partners and had been practicing oral sex.
“That is why we say that there is a connection between oral sex and oral cancer.’’
She stated that it was not advisable for any person to indulge in such acts, stressing that Nigeria and the African culture did not approve of oral sex.
Source : thenationonlineng.net