Q: Pegging & Risks of Cancer?

Can the act of anal sex ( pegging) be dangerous for the receiver, health wise. I read in the Web that anal cancer might be connected with anal sex.

Anal sex can be a risk factor for anal cancer. This is because having sex increases the risk of HPV. Having more sexual partners would also increase your risk of anal cancer, because you’re putting yourself at higher risk for HPV, and therefore higher risk of anal cancer. The rectal tissue is also delicate, and tearing in the rectum can make it easier to spread STDs.

However, things like smoking, and being over the age of 55 can also increase your risk for anal cancer. I don’t want to overstate how worried one should be. Some men may still fear discrimination when speaking about their sexual health with their doctors. Being able to speak openly and comfortably about your concerns with your doctor is important. You’ll want to be able to ask these questions and get the appropriate and medically sound advice or tests if a concern arises.

There is no such thing as safe sex, only safer sex. Knowledge is power – so know how STDs can be contracted and what the potential side effects of these STDs are. Carry condoms with you and speak openly to future partners about their sexual health.

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2 Comments

  1. Doesn’t pegging usually refer to anal sex with a strap-on dildo? Gonna go out on a limb and say that a strap on probably won’t give you HPV 😉 So if that’s what the questioner meant, he’s good to go, haha.

    1. Haha, it does indeed. I speculated that they meant anal sex in general, not specifically pegging, but a fair point. I suppose pegging could bring about some tearing of the lining, which might later make transmission easier if they were to engage in some kind of same-sex encounter as a bottom. It’s a stretch.

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