Recently Michael Douglas was in the news for revealing that his oral cancer was due to HPV. While he retracted his statement later in the week there was a huge uproar on the possible connection between oral sex and HPV. HPV or the Human Papilloma Virus is an organism that causes sexually transmitted diseases. Known to cause genital warts cervical and anal cancer the virus can also lead to oral cancer. HPV is spread during unprotected sexual contact mainly through the genitals. One of its most distinctive characteristics is that it has the potential to remain latent within a person’s body for a number of years and the symptoms can manifest later. Read more about causes symptoms diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer.