Having an STD/STI increases a person’s risk for several types of cancer.
Certain high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cervical cancer in women.
In men, HPV infection can lead to the development of penile cancers.
HPV also can cause cancers of the mouth, throat, and anus in both sexes.
Can cancer be sexually transmitted?
The American Cancer Society says: Cancer is NOT contagious. A healthy person cannot “catch” cancer from someone who has it. There is no evidence that close contact or things like sex, kissing, touching, sharing meals, or breathing the same air can spread cancer from one person to another.
Can an untreated STD cause cancer?
Infection with high-risk HPV can also cause serious consequences for women if undetected and untreated. High-risk HPV can cause changes in the cervix that can lead to cervical cancer if untreated.
Can Chlamydia Cause Cancer?
Chlamydia Infections May Increase Cancer Risk. Chlamydia (green) sheltered inside a human host cell (red). Chlamydia infections can cause DNA damage that may increase the risk of later developing cancer, a new study suggests.
Is cervical cancer an STD?
Nearly all squamous cervical cancers are caused by a common sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), however this does not mean that a woman diagnosed with cervical cancer is sexually promiscuous.