"On a sunny day in 1998, Maura Gillison was walking across the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, thinking about a virus. The young oncologist bumped into the director of the university's cancer centre, who asked politely about her work. Gillison described her discovery of early evidence that human papillomavirus (HPV) — a ubiquitous pathogen that infects nearly every human at some point in their lives — could be causing tens of thousands of cases of throat cancer each year in the United States. The senior doctor stared down at Gillison, not saying a word. “That was the first clue that what I was doing was interesting to others and had potential significance,” recalls Gillison."
Human papillomavirus is causing a new form of head and neck cancer— leaving researchers scrambling to understand risk factors, tests and treatments. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Nov 22, 2013 -
What counts as sex?
A group of researchers at the University of Kentucky-Lexington, thinks that Bill Clinton’s famous assertion
that he “did not have sexual relations” with Monica Lewinsky may be the reason so many young people today don’t consider oral sex to count as doing the deed.
The study "Sex Redefined: The Reclassification Of Oral-Genital Contact"PDF
which was conducted in 2007 and published this month in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, surveyed 477 students enrolled in a human sexuality course at a large state university about their views on sex. What they found was that only 20 percent of those students considered oral-genital contact to be sex, compared with nearly 40 percent of a similar group of students surveyed in 1991.
posted by Fizz
on Jun 27, 2010 -
You want me to eat what?!? It's fun to talk about oral sex, but I want to chat about something else
. To see if you have permission, sign in
. Or just add firstname.lastname@example.org to your IM. Failing that, see what Howard
has to offer.
posted by gman
on Dec 6, 2007 -
Oral Sex Link to Mouth Cancer
"Although the risk is small and it is more likely to result from heavy drinking and smoking, scientists have uncovered evidence that oral sex can cause mouth cancer."
posted by fenriq
on Feb 25, 2004 -
All Hail The Ayatollah Of The 21st Century
Ayatollah Ali Sistani of Iraq is the spiritual leader of the Shi'ia Muslims in Iraq and seems to be a force to be reckoned with as his clout grows. He now has a website and questions can be submitted. We particularly like his views on oral sex:
: "I am really sorry that I have to ask this type of Question. But Since I grew up in a western country; I really don't much about our religion. And I can't ask this Question to my parents due to subject matter. Brother my question is, can we have an oral sex before or after the sexual intercourse or can we have oral sex at all? Is it haram?
"Oral sex act is permissible with the consent of both husband and wife provided that no liquid gets into the mouth
posted by turbanhead
on Feb 3, 2004 -
Ask and you shall receive.
Move over, Amazon Honor System! Now you can sign up for a one-click service that lets visitors to your Web site donate something you'll really
appreciate: oral sex. Best of all, they don't keep a percentage of your donations like Amazon and PayPal do.
posted by kindall
on Feb 9, 2002 -
Tourist Jailed for Oral Sex A German tourist who pleaded guilty to having oral sex in Zambia was sentenced on Thursday to six years in jail with hard labor, court officials said.
Note to self: cancel Zambia honeymoon plans.
posted by arielmeadow
on Oct 26, 2001 -
Louisiana's Supreme Court has upheld a two-century-old law that makes oral and anal sex between consenting adults
punishable by up to five years in jail. Where they're liable to have...you guessed it... oral and anal sex. Good thinking.
"Any claim that private sexual conduct between consenting adults is constitutionally insulated from state proscription is unsupportable," Justice Chet Traylor wrote for the majority. It was hard for me to imagine a learned adjudicator uttering such nonsense, until I repeated it out loud in a slow, Boss Hogg drawl...
posted by quonsar
on Jul 9, 2000 -