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Is Candida Contagious By Kissing
Yes and no.: Yeast is found everywhere. It may be transmitted from surface to surface by contact and, yes, by kissing. But yeast does not cause disease in normal hosts. Vaginal yeast infections occur because of altered vaginal environment. Although a clear precipitant is not always identified contributing factors include high blood glucose, high estrogen levels, recent antibiotic use, wearing of diapers. ...Read more
Potentially.: Thrush is an infection of the oral cavity caused by yeast (candida). Most individuals with a healthy immune system have good resistance to yeast infections, so kissing is usually safe. But there can be confounding factors. Steroids such as oral Prednisone or inhaled steroids for asthma; numerous antibiotics (oral or iv) can predispose to yeast infections. Clearly hiv/chemo patients are more prone. ...Read more
French Kissing/oral: Deep french kissing and oral sex increases the risk of acquiring oral hpv infection.A case control sudy published in 2009 did find that college aged men with oral hpv infection s had more open mouth kissing;oral sex partners than men who did not have hpv infections.Even kissing and hpv was associated with those men who did not have oral sex, .Hpv vaccine can prevent these infections in future. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Staph infection: Unlikely to be spread by kissing, but once you have been colonized with this by kissing or other nose-to-hand-to-nose activities, the organism colonizes your skin and subsequent breaks in skin can lead to infection. ...Read more
Possibly: This infection is extremely contagious and is most often spread though unprotected sexual contact, mostly occurring amongst those with multiple sexual partners.The transmission of ureaplasma can occur by one or more of the following routes: saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc. ...Read more
Unlikely: Whereas staph aureus infection can be transmitted by skin to skin contact, the higher concentrations of staph are in areas such as inside the nose, moist areas of the skin where two skin surfaces meet such as underarms or groin. In addition the protective benefit of saliva also decreases the possibility of lips as a source. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Asymptomatic viral shedding is the most common way to spread herpes. Taking medication can decrease the risk if your partner is infected. See this article i authored on the topic: http://www.Lasvegasdermatology.Com/in-the-media/its-not-a-cold-sore-its-herpes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Only by sex: This depends on what you mean by "contagious". Genital herpes is ttransmitted to other persons)only by having sex. Some people think "contagious" means easily transmitted by casual contact, like colds or influenza -- but that's not the correct meaning. There is no risk to other persons by nonsexual contact or by sharing bathrooms, intimate clothing, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was told that Lyme meningitis isn't contagious through casual contact. Is it contagious through sexual contact or kissing?
No: Lyme disease is not contagious at all. Please be skeptical about the diagnosis. There is a lot of medical literature showing that it is over-diagnosed. Blood tests for it can often be falsely positive, or misinterpreted. Many people claim to be Lyme disease experts. I would trust only a board-certified infectious disease specialist at an academic center to make the rare diagnosis of Lyme in brain. ...Read more
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