CHICAGO—Patients with oropharyngeal cancer pose no risk of passing HPV infection to their spouses or partners — according findings presented at the 2013 meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology — even though their cancers may have been caused by this virus. This conclusion is from the Human Oral Papillomavirus Transmission in Partners over Time (HOTPSOT) study confirming that couples in long-term relationships do not need to change their intimacy or sexual behaviour because of a cancer diagnosis. Dr Gypsyamber D’Souza from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore MD discussed their findings with Peter Goodwin.
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