A 30-year-old member asked:
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can i get staph by kissing?

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Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Staphylococcus: You can become colonized with a staphylococcus from kissing, but unlikely to produce infection. All of us carry this organism in our GI tract and many in the nasopharynx and skin. They do not produce disease unless an opportunity presents itself. Enjoy your kissing and stop worrying about this.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014

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Unlikely: It depends on where the infection is.

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