The human papillomavirus, which can cause oral cancers spread by oral sex, affects 10 percent of men and 3.6 percent of women according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The virus, linked to throat cancer, is becoming a more common cause than smoking itself. Bloomberg reported:
The virus, called HPV, is the most-common sexually transmitted virus in the U.S., where half the population will be infected at some time in their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is known to cause cervical, vulvar, vaginal, penile and anal cancer. The higher HPV infection rate in men explains why their head and neck cancer rates are greater, said Maura Gillison, a professor at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus.
“This provides pretty strong evidence that the higher infection rate is the reason why,” said Gillison, the study’s lead author, in a telephone interview. “This is a jumping board for additional research.”
Around 80 per cent of girls in Australia are vaccinated against the virus, though far fewer boys are because the vaccine is not subsidised by the Federal Government. A recommendation by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) might soon change this.
You might have caught the profile by Caroline Overington in the Australian Magazine at the weekend. A fascinating insight into the glass-jawed shock jock who, it is said, can’t take criticism and whose ego might consume his own career. It paints a portrait of a young Brisbane kid devastated by his parent’s divorce who later ‘slept rough’ on the streets (though his dad disputed the severity of Kyle’s version of events) when his mother and father turned him away after he held a secret party. And so he lived with his aunt in North Queensland where he landed a gig on local 4TO radio and was offered the chance to take a presenting gig. By all accounts his talent as an announcer was prodigious. But Overington’s profile discusses the damage done when a star is created. The scandals, the indulging of personal whims for the ‘talent’ far beyond any normal employee. It lists moments that stand out. Like the Austereo interns Kyle persuaded to strip naked for a promotion. When told not to, he sent another naked woman into a manager’s office. There was the 2009 affair when a 14-year-old girl admitted on air to being raped. And of course the 2011 saga involving his vitriolic attack on a journalist for questioning his new show. The golden microphone provided for him and him alone, the negotiated contract that allowed Sandilands to do the breakfast show from LA at 11am … or even 1pm. A former producer justified the ‘indulging’. “Whatever else you say about him, do not underestimate his radio genius … He really has no equal in Australia.” The feature talked of the ‘body count’ behind Kyle: those employees who walked away because he was too difficult to work with. But also of the stories of his generosity. Shouting work drinks, offering up his LA home for friends to stay in and so on. So the question remains: is Kyle Sandilands just a misunderstood bloke who wants so much to be loved he can’t take the criticism of being in the public eye? Or is he, as others would readily assert, just a misogynist bully?