One of the most thrilling aspects of a relationship is kissing. If you're dating someone for the first time, you might be hesitant to kiss.
The best strategy to avoid contracting an STD/STI via kissing is to have an open and honest dialogue with your partner about it. This can be frightening, but establishing limits early will help you prevent becoming infected.
Let's start with the most common STIs that can be transmitted through kissing. We'll also discuss diseases that are less likely to be spread by mouth but can still be transmitted orally.
According to board-certified ob/GYN Antonio Pizarro, M.D., syphilis is a highly contagious disease with one of its hallmarks being the development of mouth sores. According to Pizarro, the lesions, which are often circular and open, "combine to render syphilis transmissible through kissing." Oral, anal, and vaginal intercourse still rank higher in terms of transmitting syphilis than kissing. However, the CDC reports that syphilis rates are on the rise, so this is useful information. If you or your partner gets syphilis-related mouth sores, they (and the virus) should go away with the help of antibiotics given by your doctor.
HSV-1 and HSV-2 are two subtypes of the herpes simplex virus.
Both viruses infect people for the rest of their lives. Symptom-free intervals can occur with either illness, followed by symptoms.
Although herpes is most contagious when symptoms are evident, it can also be passed on when a person is asymptomatic.
Oh, yes, the dreaded "kissing illness"! Mono is caused by a virus that is easily transmitted through kissing, according to the Mayo Clinic. Intense weariness is one of its hallmark symptoms, while others include a sore throat and swollen lymph nodes. "Treatment largely entails bed rest, excellent eating, and drinking enough of fluids," according to Mayo Clinic, thus getting mono is virtually the only possible advantage.
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