A 38-year-old female asked:
can syphilis be caught from a simple dry kiss?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Donald Colantino answered
61 years experience Internal Medicine
Lesions: There would have to be an active syphilitic lesion(chancre) on the other person's lips in order to transmit the infection to you.
Answered on Jan 2, 2018
Dr. Martin Raff answered
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Syphilis: This is very unlikely. If, however, there are active lesions on the dry lips of the person kissing you (chancres, secondary syphilis lesions), these are often teeming with spirochaetes and these have been shown to be able to penetrate through intact skin. This is a very very improbable way to acquire syphilis. Good luck and hope this helped.
Answered on May 6, 2015
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