A mini-tsunami of publicity has been generated by the actor Michael Douglas asserting his throat cancer is due to HPV and, by extension, oral sex. ASHAâ€™s HPV Resource Center has increasingly been fielding questions around oral sex and HPV, and this latest round of publicity has triggered even more interest. So whatâ€™s the scoop here?
For sex workers, condom usage is extremely important to protect themselves against HIV and STIs, but in reality, this doesnâ€™t always happen. A customer might pay much more for sex without a condom then sex with a condom, and depending on the day a sex worker has, the decision to not wear a condom may be one of necessity, then one of safety. Wearing a condom might be more risky in the short term if a sex worker is threatened with violence, or a sex worker has had something to drink.Â Based on these barriers, for sex workers to exclusively use the male condom during sexual contact might be unrealistic, unsafe, and a question of survival.
20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the U.S. each and every year.
ASHA recognizes each April as STI Awareness Month and an appropriate theme this year might be STIs By the Numbers.