Kissing is a universal expression of affection and intimacy, but it’s essential to be aware of potential health risks associated with this act.
While the majority of kisses are harmless, some diseases can be transmitted through kissing. Here are five of them:
1. Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Virus).
Cold sores, often caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), can be transmitted through kissing when an infected person has an active outbreak.
These painful sores are highly contagious and can spread to the recipient’s lips or even inside their mouth.
2. Mononucleosis (Mono).
Mono, caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), is often referred to as the “kissing disease” because it can be transmitted through saliva.
Symptoms include extreme fatigue, fever, and sore throat.
3. Cytomegalovirus (CMV).
CMV is another virus that can be transmitted through saliva, including kissing.
While it usually doesn’t cause symptoms in healthy individuals, it can be severe for those with weakened immune systems.
4. Strep Throat (Streptococcus pyogenes).
Strep throat is a bacterial infection that can be spread through close contact, including kissing.
It leads to a sore throat, fever, and can have complications if left untreated.
5. Hepatitis B.
Although less common, hepatitis B can be transmitted through exchange of saliva during deep, open-mouthed kissing if one person has an open sore or bleeding gums. Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection.