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Kissing Infections and Diseases

Kissing as we all know happens mostly between lovers. It has its own feelings. But kissing can also transmit some disease causing bacteria and viruses from one person to another through the saliva.


Examples are:-

  • Cold: Different viruses can cause cold. It is spread by direct contact with the virus either through airborne or with secretions from infected person.


  • Glandular fever: This is also known as the kissing disease. “Infectious mononucleosis” is a viral infection commonly called Glandular fever. It is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. The virus is spread through coming in contact with the saliva of an infectious person.


  • Herpes : Herpes may be incurable sometimes, but it doesn’t raise alarm about life and death. Most people have herpes simplex 1(HSV-1) which is referred to as the oral kind of herpes and herpes simplex 2(HSV-2) referred to as the genital kind of herpes.
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The  HSV-1 sometimes do create cold sores around the lips. When kissing one with herpes, and the person has lesions on the mouth, herpes can be transmitted.

  • Hepatitis B- As surprising as it sounds; hepatitis can be transmitted through kissing. A person may be infected when kissing if they have open wound, sores, or lesions around the mouth. Infection occurs when infected blood or saliva comes in contact with another person’s bloodstream or mucous membranes.


  • Warts: Warts found in the mouth can be transmitted through direct kissing.


  • Sores in the mouth are one of the symptoms of syphilis disease. The sores are always round and open making it transmissible through kissing. So, if one has syphilis related sores in the mouth, the person can easily transmit the virus to their kissing partner if the partner has wound in the mouth. The same goes for HIV, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.
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  • Gingivitis: Gingivitis is a mild kind of gum disease. It is caused by bacteria. The bacteria can be transmitted from one person to another through kissing. The best way to protect oneself is by maintaining good oral hygiene.


  • Meningitis: Some meningitis are caused by bacteria while some are caused by virus. Close contact with one who has viral meningitis can result in you contacting the virus but it hardly turn to meningitis. But for bacterial meningitis, it is usually the cause of outbreaks because the bacteria can be spread through close contact with infected person. The bacteria can also be contacted through kissing . This bacterial meningitis has higher percentage of causing meningitis in the host unlike the viral meningitis. Antibiotics can be used to prevent meningitis in people that have had contact with the infected ones or when there is an outbreak.
July 2019
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