Cancer is a communicable disease

During unprotected sexual intercourse | You can get the three types of cancer through sex

Cancer cells are not transferable. Neither from saliva nor during sex. But: Frequent unprotected sexual intercourse can, for example, promote the development of liver cancer or cervical cancer.

Because sex with different partners increases the risk of infection with certain viruses (hepatitis viruses, herpes viruses, papilloma viruses, HIV). Such infections can lead to cancer in the long term.

BILD knows which types of cancer can be triggered by a sexually transmitted disease (STI).

Liver cancer

Infection with the hepatitis B or hepatitis C virus can promote the development of liver cancer.

Throat cancer

Not to be ignored: oral sex! The papilloma virus (HPV) can also be transmitted here - instead of in the genital area or in the uterus they are involved in the development of throat cancer.

cervical cancer

Certain types of papillomavirus (HPV), which are mainly transmitted during sexual intercourse, are involved in the development of cervical cancer. They can also occur during sex with a condom, as the viruses are located throughout the genital area and are transmitted through skin contact.

... and what about breast cancer?

Breast cancer is not one of the three types of cancer that can be triggered in the long term by the infection of papilloma viruses, for example.

However, there is still a connection: Because cervical cancer can also spread to the ovaries. This, in turn, can lead to breast cancer because ovarian and breast cancer are closely linked - due to the production of hormones that cause some types of tumors.

Expert advice: Cancer information service