Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Lets Talk About Oral Sex
What's ironic about Michael Douglas' announcement yesterday that he contracted throat cancer from oral sex is that I had just watched, on Sunday night, Michael's latest movie, "Behind the Candelabra". His performance as Liberace, a beloved show-man and celebrity entertainer who was living as a closeted gay man, coupled with this stunning announcement, conjured up all kinds of sexual imagery and thoughts in my mind about the subject of oral sex. I could make a few crass jokes here, and say some things about the subject, but I won't because among all the imagery in my mind, there is one thing stands out the clearest.
Last fall Frack, my son, was at his annual check up and his doctor talked to me about immunizing him for the HPV virus, just like I had for my daughter Frick, two years before. I was a bit stunned and I might have laughed it off. After all, I thought HPV vaccinations were for girls and quite controversial, with the side effects and all. I had to think long and hard about the three-dose vaccine before I decided if it was right for her .She assured me that men need to be protected too and that this was a new area of concern for pediatrics. I said I would think about it and I pondered the idea of Frack complaining about getting a "girl" vaccine as a precaution. I then sort of decided it wasn't a priority and decided to revisit the subject this fall at his next checkup.
Today I don't feel that way.
Thanks to Michael Douglas, I don't feel that way at all. Today I'm seriously going to have a discussion with my son about cancer and HPV and then I'm going to have a discussion with Frack's pediatrician and book the appointment for the HPV vaccine.
Thanks Mr. Douglas. Seriously? No matter what images came to mind when you made your announcement, your courage in divulging this to the public may save countless lives. The awareness and your celebrity bring this subject into the spotlight and give ordinary people like me something to think about.
And thanks for helping me to make an informed decision to protect my son against a deadly form of cancer.