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What Diseases Can You Catch From Kissing
Hep b antibody 66QN how likely would I catch the disease I got 3shots when I was baby exposure kissing?
Several diseases: Most well known is viral mononucleosis (kissing disease) another virus cytomegalovirus (cmv).Other microbes also spread through saliva and stick to surfaces of the cheeks and mouth, the tongue, or teeth. Bacterium streptococcus, which can cause an array of infections, including gum disease and strep throat;hpv (human papilloma virus) also transmitted by oral sex. ...Read more
Multiple: There are multiple viruses and bacteria too numerous to mention. For example, the common cold can be acquired through contact with an infected person, the transfer of salive via 'french kissing' could theoretically tranfer hiv, or hepatitis viruses, etc. Just use common sense and avoid close contact with people who are ill. ...Read more
Just for reference, you can't contract a disease by kissing, right? May you please help me? Thanks very much.
Lay term: Kissing disease is a common lay term applied to EB virus (mononucleosis).The label evolved from it's tendency to strike adolescents with a transient disabling illness & is easily passed in saliva. Many get a mild case in childhood from saliva contaminated objects & are immune. It is one of thousands of illnesses that can be passed this way but the association with teens and kissing is urban legend. ...Read more
HIV: Minimal if at all.Get a more detailed answer ›
If open sore--yes!: It doesn't matter "where" the kiss is, it matters where the open, moist, infected viral particles exist that can enter a tiny opening (yes, even "chapped" lips may be enough) in your lips, making you the next infected person! Antiviral medications and waiting until lesions are healed can minimize the risk of infection being transmitted to others, regardless of lips or genitals. ...Read more
Lots: Many illness that is circulating in your blood may be passed through the sharing of deep salivary secretions. Some are suppressed by salivary enzymes, but consider flu, intestinal viruses, upper airway viruses, strep A, mono, all an easy pass. In not immune, chickenpox, measles, rubella, mumps, diphtheria, whooping cough & more. ...Read more
Unlikely: Other than any contractible disease that would normally be contagious from any person to another, the act of chewing would not cause a disease to be transferred per se. ...Read more
What's that teen disease that can be caught by close contact and kissing or even sitting next to eachother?
Mononucleosis: You are probably referring to "mononucleosis" or the "kissing disease". This is an infectious disease common among youth & teenagers caused by a particular virus call the epstein-barr virus. It causes painful swelling of the lymphoid tissue in the back of the throat, "white spots" over the tonsils & throat, swollen glands usually in the back of the neck, fever, tiredness & sometimes a rash. ...Read more
Not exactly harmless: Mononucleosis is a viral infection and generally not considered a serious infection. However, mononucleosis can cause an enlarged spleen, which is at greater risk for rupture and hemorrhage. Thus we recommend avoiding all contact sports when one has been diagnosed with mononucleosis. ...Read more
Not many: Chancroid is a bacteria which may be spread by sexual contact. It is seen in parts of asia and africa. The lepromatous form of leprosy is thought to be spread by water droplets from the nose or mouth so it is possible. Unfortunately most tropical diseases are spread by pararsites, mosquitos, etc. ...Read more
Hard to say: The primary contagious period from mono is the first 3 weeks after onset. Yet some remain contagious for a few months and in some, the germ can hibrenate and shed intermittantly for years. Some also can have such a mild case that they spread it to others during their illness and never realize they are or were sick. ...Read more