|Anal Cancer; can you get it by masturbating
Nov 8, 2002
This is a simple but very serious question. Since you can contract anal cancer from homosexual activity, is it possible to also contract anal cancer from excessive masturbation only?
Response from Dr. Dezube
You can NOT get anal cancer from masturbating. In fact, you can not get any cancer from masturbating. Masturbation is a completely safe activity. Most cases of anal cancer in gay men are caused by the HPV virus (human papillomavirus, also known as the wart virus). Gay men acquire HPV infection through sexual transmission. There is no way that HPV can be transmitted through self-masturbation.
What's the best way to check for lymph nodes?
One more armpit follow-up; What do you do about lymph nodes which neither grow nor shrink?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.