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is it possible to get rabies from kissing someone who has rabies

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Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Rabies in the U.S. Is carried by raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats. These wild animals can transmit rabies to cats, dogs, livestock, and huma ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
44 years experience Preventive Medicine
No: Many questions...surprised your friend got rabies treatment for a cat scratch; almost always transmitted through a bite. If one is receiving prophylax ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Not a problem: The vaccine does not give you a disease you can pass through sex or kissing.It helps your body develop an immune barrier so you don't get rabies for a ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
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Stop Worrying: You can not transmit rabies by kissing someone. If you got the vaccine before showing any symptoms you will be fine.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Tb infection: Yes, if one gets an overwhelming exposure to an infected individual.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Campbell
26 years experience Ophthalmology
Likely: Especially if they are having an outbreak of sores.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Not really: Chicken pox and shingles are of the same zoster virus. If a person has no good immunity to the zoster virus (never caught chicken pox, is immunosuppre ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
No you can not: No you can not catch flu from someone who has symptoms related to having had flu shot.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Rabies transmission: Per the Centers for Disease Control: The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
You're okay: Forget "theoretical risk." people aren't catching HIV by kissing, even of more than familial intimacy. Keep playing safe.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Depends: It the person with gonorrhea also has chlamydia - then yes, you could become infected. If the person only has gonorrhea then they can not infect you w ... Read More
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Dr. Katharine Cox
44 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Animal healthy?: If the animal is healthy and up to date on his shots rabies is unlikely. All the best.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Eitner
33 years experience Family Medicine
AIDS & HIV Different: Aids is a syndrome, where a person who has HIV has developed opportunistic illnesses. Therefore, you do not catch aids, but you can contract hiv. Th ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Likely not: Transmssion of the rabies virus is via virus-containing saliva which does not occur until after infection is established in the brain. Despite this, ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Essentially zero: For the poor little chipmunk to get rabies, he or she would need to be bitten by a rabid animal like a raccoon or dog. This alone would likely kill t ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Mathews
15 years experience Endocrinology
It is possible: But highly unlikely. The rabies virus is transmitted when the saliva of the infected host (typically an animal) is passed to an uninfected animal (ty ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Fine
30 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Mostly infected by contact with cuts, scrapes, or nose or mouth contact with infected animal urine or water or soil contaminated with infected animal ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Unlikely: But there are no vaccines that provide complete immunity to all those receiving them. Check the local health department for evidence of rabies in you ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
57 years experience Pathology
See below: While the risk is fairly low it is possible so why place yourself at risk.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
28 years experience Pathology
Yes.: Aids is caused by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). This virus can be spread by sexual contact. The virus can also be spread by sharing needles (i ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Devin
46 years experience Dentistry
Kissing infect teeth: Yes, the tooth germ can be transmitted mouth to mouth. But it takes a lot of sharing.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
NO YOU CAN NOT: No you can not catch flu from some one who had a flu shot.

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