Just As You've Gotten Good Going 'Down South', Scary New Info Might Make You Stop Doing It

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Just when you thought you had all the info you needed about how to be an oral sex god—which we gave you a couple of weeks ago—science had to come in and ruin it for you by releasing some eye-opening information.

Per a Washington Post piece, scientists have discovered an alarming rise in oral cancer, contributing many of the cases to, gulp, HPV—which men have contracted through, you got it, eating the pink clam.

Oral cancer is on the rise in American men, with health insurance claims for the condition jumping 61 percent from 2011 to 2015, according to a new analysis.

The most dramatic increases were in throat cancer and tongue cancer, and the data show that claims were nearly three times as common in men as in women during that same period with a split of 74 percent to 26 percent.

The startling numbers — published in a report on Tuesday by FAIR Health an independent nonprofit — are based on a database of more than 21 billion privately billed medical and dental claims. They illustrate both the cascading effect of human papillomavirus (HPV) in the United States and our changing sexual practices.

In past generations, oral cancer was mostly linked to smoking, alcohol use or a combination of the two. But even as smoking rates have fallen, oral cancer rates have remained about the same, and researchers have documented in recent studies that this may be caused by HPV.

Well, this news won't be easy to deliver to my girlfriend tonight.

With younger men more likely to perform oral sex on their partner than their older counterparts, this rise in HPV leading to oral cancer can be attributed to the younger men doing so with more partners—which is always a concern in and of itself.

This past February, research showed that men were more likely to be infected by HPV than women, and less likely to overcome the infection—which is unknown as to the reason why, according to the Washington Post piece.

Since oral sex is a, presumed, "safer" alternative to vaginal intercourse, this news sort of puts a damper on doing it, so be careful and get tested regularly for various infections like HPV.

H/T Esquire