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Is kissing (getting thier saliva) a person with mononucleosis the only way to get the disease ?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Sort of

Epstein bar virus, which causes mono is spread from saliva but kissing is hardly the only way to share saliva, though kissing may be the way to share that is the most fun.
Sharing food, glasses, silverware, etc are all ways to share saliva and as such to spread the virus.

In brief: Sort of

Epstein bar virus, which causes mono is spread from saliva but kissing is hardly the only way to share saliva, though kissing may be the way to share that is the most fun.
Sharing food, glasses, silverware, etc are all ways to share saliva and as such to spread the virus.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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David Miller
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not the only way

Infectious mononucleosis ("mono") has been called "the kissing disease" in popular culture for years.
It is caused by the epstein-barr virus and is mildly contagious. A person gets the virus from direct contact with an infected person's saliva, through activities such as kissing, sharing food, sharing drinks, getting sneezed upon, etc...

In brief: Not the only way

Infectious mononucleosis ("mono") has been called "the kissing disease" in popular culture for years.
It is caused by the epstein-barr virus and is mildly contagious. A person gets the virus from direct contact with an infected person's saliva, through activities such as kissing, sharing food, sharing drinks, getting sneezed upon, etc...
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not just kissing...

Epstein Barr virus EBV), the virus causing mononucleosis, is spread primarily through saliva, but can, in rare cases, spread through blood (e.
g. infected organ or blood donor). The important point is that a great majority of people ( up to 95% in some studies in the US) have mono and can shed virus intermittently even when asymptomatic, making it almost impossible to avoid infection.

In brief: Not just kissing...

Epstein Barr virus EBV), the virus causing mononucleosis, is spread primarily through saliva, but can, in rare cases, spread through blood (e.
g. infected organ or blood donor). The important point is that a great majority of people ( up to 95% in some studies in the US) have mono and can shed virus intermittently even when asymptomatic, making it almost impossible to avoid infection.
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