Tag Archives: Human papillomavirus

I was an unwilling virgin at 33

“Sex isn’t everything,” my mother says lightly, from the kitchen of my new condo. She means to be encouraging. But I stiffen against her words, as if to defend myself. I’ve heard it too many times from too many people – that sentence, so reductive it’s offensive. How easy it is for my mother, who […]

Michael Douglas contracted the cancer-causing HPV virus through oral sex

Yesterday, Hollywood actor Michael Douglas announced that his battle with thyroid cancer was caused by oral sex – or more specifically, the HPV virus frequently contracted through oral sex. The 68 year-old, who fought a six month battle with the disease from August 2010 until January 2011, initially blamed an indulgent lifestyle of cigarettes and […]