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Study links sex with animals to penile cancer

No, seriously. We know this sounds like something straight out of The Onion, but a team of urologists in Brazil actually studied this. One theory on the connection is that sex with animals could cause micro-injuries to the penis, a well known risk factor in the development of penile cancer. You’d think you’d have to survey, like, millions of men to find this kind of connection, right? Turns out, in rural Brazil, not so much. The researchers studied just under 500 men, 118 of whom were penile cancer patients – the rest had healthy schlongs. And here’s where it gets crazy: 45% of the penile cancer patients reported having sex with animals, and 32% of the healthy men admitted to bestiality. Yes, you read those numbers right: 45% and 32%. For the discriminating zoophilia fan, it turns out that the kind of animal you schtup makes no difference to your penile cancer risk – mares, cows, pigs and chickens – they all popped up in this survey.

In rural Brazil it’s apparently (clearly) pretty common to have sex with animals – and most of the guys surveyed claimed that they stopped having sex with animals when they started having sex with people. (That’s a relief.) But before we start pointing and laughing at the deluded (and secluded) animal-fuckers, we should bear this in mind: While it’s true that in developing countries, men who sleep with animals are usually poor, illiterate and rural, in developed nations like, oh, the United States, the opposite tends to be true. A recent online survey found that 36% of those self-dubbed zoophiles lived in large cities; 83% of them were college graduates or had completed some college, and 45% worked in the I.T. field. We couldn’t make this stuff up if we tried.

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