Posted by: Ivan | 2018/06/21


Risk of getting Cancer and HIV from kissing and having sex with someone who smokes.

Hey there. I'm really freaking out because of cigarette consequences. I kissed and had anal sex (with a condom) with someone who smokes and i'm afraid of catching cancer and HIV from them. There was also mutual oral swap but very quickly (about 20 seconds) and no sperm was in the mouth. I'm a gay male if that is necessary information. This was the first time I have ever done something like this. I DO NOT smoke. They did not smoke while I was with them, (for about 2 hours) but you can tell by his smell and nasty after taste that he smokes. Am I at a high risk for Cancer and HIV?

Expert's Reply


Cancer expert
- 2018/06/21

Dear Ivan, I really appreciate your frank and open request for information regarding exposure to HIV, Cancer, having anal sex and smoking. Thank you for being open about your sexual orientation – knowing that you are gay makes it easier for me to say what I need to say. At the outset, let me tell you that having gay sex with someone who smokes has no consequences, however, do not let anyone smoke near you because exposure to second-hand smoke is not good for your health. You are wise to use a condom when having anal sex. Make sure that you NEVER have sex with a guy without using a condom. It is, therefore, a good habit to always carry one or more condoms in your purse (with us guys now ‘allowed’ to carry purses, this is good place to keep some condoms).If you want to please your partner with oral sex, make sure that he has a new condom covering his penis. If you also want to perform 'rimming' on your partner, rather cover that area with clean cling-wrap. The reason for this is to ensure that you are not exposed to Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and other organisms. Research has shown that exposure to HPV is known to eventually cause cancer of the anus, penis, lips, mouth and throat. One needs to take all necessary precautions because sexual intercourse also exposes one to other sexually transmitted infections like HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B & C, Gonorrhoea, etc. As a “bottom”, one can also carry these germs in one’s anus/rectum following unprotected anal sex – the same applies to the carrying these germs in one’s throat by having unprotected oral sex. Something else of importance to remember  - NEVER mix sex, drugs and alcohol – this is a sure way of doing something irresponsible that one would not do under ‘normal’ circumstances. Dear Ivan, always be responsible and take care of your health. Rather be safe than sorry. Kind Regards. (MCH).

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