SEXUAL HABITS

9 Dec

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SEXUAL HABITS (FOR MEN)

I have just discovered, surfing at random on the Web, this incredible 94 pages questionnaire.

The subjects were interrogated about A. GENERAL INFORMATION, B. HEALTH QUESTIONS, C. SMOKING HABITS, D. ALCOHOL DRINKING HABITS, E. SEXUAL HABITS (FOR WOMEN) and E. SEXUAL HABITS (FOR MEN)

 

All the subjects were included in a cohort aiming to follow carcinomas of the head and neck.

The questionnaire was approved by the board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and all the subjects gave their informed written consent. Control subjects (cancer free) fulfilled the same questionnaire. Two controls were matched for each case of cancer. In the interest of science searchers inquired deeply in the privacy of the participants. But the topic of the study fully legitimated this indiscretion: Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a highly sexual transmissible infection often associated with uterine cervical cancer but also, as in the study here reported, with oropharyngeal cancer. If the recent trends continue the HPV positive oropharyngeal cancers could surpass the HPV positive cervix cancers scientists said.

Maura L. Gillison, from the Ohio State University,Columbus, OH, participated to the two studies. You can listen to her in her post cast (link below to an mp3 file). According to her the question is: given that gender equity will be completed before long, should men benefit from HPV vaccination and/screening like women do?

Maura L. Gillison’s postcast (mp3 file)

Reference of the article focused on incidence trend of HPV positive oropharyngeal cancer:

Chaturvedi AK, Engels EA, Pfeiffer RM, Hernandez BY, Xiao W, Kim E, et al. Human Papillomavirus and Rising Oropharyngeal Cancer Incidence in the United States. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2011 Nov;29(32):4294-4301. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1200/JCO.2011.36.4596.

The entire full text of the case control study and  the 94 pages questionnaire are readable here: nejmoa065497 and here: nejm_dsouza_1944sa1

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