"The risks associated with it don't get as much press as the risks you can see with vaginal sex," Rome said. "You don't see someone pregnant after oral sex."
And many don't even know they've contracted HPV and Dillon was one of those people.
"You'd be hard-pressed to find anybody," she said, "who would say that I'm promiscuous, because I'm not."
Dillon, who after six months of grueling chemotherapy is now in remission, said she wishes she had known the risk as a teen.
"You have to be careful. Know who you're with and you have to take precautions. You need to educate yourself. You need to know what's going on," Dillon said.