Study Results Reassure Spouses/Partners of Patients with HPV-Related Oral Cancers


ASCO Press Conference
Dr. Gypsyamber D'Souza is interviewed by reporters at an ASCO press conference.

Dr. Gypsyamber D'Souza has been a steady presence at Johns Hopkins head and neck cancer clinics. You'd spot her carrying an iPad survey and containers that collect oral rinse samples. Today, the long-awaited results of her research were presented at a press conference at the American Society for Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago. D'Souza's  multicenter, pilot study revealed that spouses and long-term partners of patients with mouth and throat cancers related to infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV)  appear to have no increased prevalence of oral HPV infections.  These long-term couples need not change their sexual practices, according to D'Souza and authors of the study, which was reported in the New York Times (scroll to the end of the article) and other media outlets. That's a relief to patients and their long-term partners. The scientists are continuing their studies on transmission of HPV, but the hope is that more widespread adoption of HPV vaccines can prevent these infections.

Information on HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer


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