Kissing can be one of the most exciting parts of a relationship. But you may also feel wary of kissing if you’re with someone for the first time.
The best way to avoid getting an STD/STI from kissing is to have a direct, transparent conversation about it with your partner. This can be intimidating, but setting boundaries early can help you avoid an infection.
Let's dive right into the most common STIs that can be spread by kissing.
Herpes simplex virus can take two different forms.
HSV-1 may be spread by sharing saliva or items like utensils that have come into contact with the virus, though this is somewhat rare. HSV-1 can also affect the genitals and be spread through oral, genital, or anal sex.
Also called genital herpes, this virus is more commonly spread through sexual contact—oral, genital, or anal—than through kissing. But mouth-to-mouth transmission is still possible. HSV-2 symptoms are basically the same as those of HSV-1.
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a viral infection that can be passed on through contact with saliva that contains the virus. It can also be transmitted through the following fluids that contain CMV:
3. Breast milk
Symptoms of CMV include:
2. Sore throat
4. Body aches
Syphilis, a bacterial infection, isn’t typically transmitted by kissing. It’s more commonly spread through oral, anal, or genital sex. But syphilis can cause sores in your mouth that can transmit the bacteria to someone else.
Symptoms of Syphilis
3. Sore throat
4. Losing hair
5. Vision loss
6. Brain damage
7. Memory loss
8. Body aches
What can’t be transmitted through kissing?
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease. It is caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. It can infect both men and women. Women can get chlamydia in the cervix, rectum, or throat.
This is a viral infection that isn’t transmitted through kissing. Saliva can’t transmit this virus.
Gonorrhea is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The gonorrhea bacteria are most often passed from one person to another during sexual contact, including oral, anal or vaginal intercourse.
Please if notice any of the infections symptoms mentioned above, it is very important to see the medical doctor for treatment and quick recovery.
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