Sunday, 20 February 2011

Fun with statistics

While we are on the subject of daft research & recommendations cast an eye over this article. At first glance it might seem to be quite worrying for those who practice oral sex. An increased in risk of 250% seems quite significant until you think about what that actually means in absolute terms. But bear in mind that the risk of throat cancer is normally 1 in 50,000. Having had more than five oral sex partners in your life would increase that risk to 2.5 in 50,000, or 1 in 20,000, which is still pretty long odds.

And yet they still feel justified in making lifestyle recommendations on the basis of their slim statistics. And what is the recommendation? Always wear a condom for oral sex. I wouldn’t mind betting that the investigators were all men as they seem to equate oral sex solely with fellatio. It does not occur to them that wearing a condom is a bit illogical for those engaging in cunnilingus.

Still if ever your partner expresses concern over the risk of cancer from oral sex you can reassure them that this is yet more pointless research of virtually no benefit. Remembering of course it is rude to speak with your mouth full.

And as for spit tests, I don't think I will go there.

1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry, but I find that all a bit hard to swallow frankly.