Not-So-Free Love

Hollywood’s Michael Douglas recently dropped a bombshell in revealing the cause of his throat cancer, which was diagnosed in 2010, during an interview with the U.K. Guardian newspaper published June 2, 2013. The culprit? Human papillomavirus (HPV).

According to the article’s author, Xan Brooks, Douglas claims he contracted HPV through oral sex. Granted, two days later, Douglas’ publicist, Allen Burry, denied that Douglas said his throat cancer was caused by a sexually transmitted disease (STD). “He wants to make it very clear he never said that was the particular cause of his particular cancer.”

Flubbed communications between actor and publicist notwithstanding, since Mr. Douglas brought up the link between oral sex and HPV, let’s explore what is known.