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 Diseases You Can Get Through Kissing

Do you enjoy a passionate kiss as much as the rest of the world? The kind that leaves you gasping for air and begging for more? The kisses that fairytales preach, yes, the ones that sweep you off your feet and whisk you away to another world.

During a good kiss, the world seems to stop spinning and nothing else seems to matter. That's because certain feel-good hormones, such as dopamine, are released when you share an incredible kiss with someone, making you feel on top of the world and wanting to go back for more!

The last thing on your mind while you're in that euphoric state is the possibility of contracting a communicable disease from kissing. Even if it's the last thing on your mind at the time, it's critical to be aware of how kissing can lead to a variety of health problems. That kiss, which appears to be a blissful moment of intimacy, may actually lead you down the path of infection.

This article is not intended to scare you or make you fearful of kissing a loved one in the future. Kissing is without a doubt one of the most romantic ways to express love, but many people are unaware that intimate kisses involving the exchange of saliva can often transmit illnesses.

The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identify eight diseases spread by saliva.

Continue reading to learn about the diseases that can be contracted through kissing.


The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which thrives in fluids such as saliva and can easily be spread from an infected person's saliva when kissing, causes "the kissing disease." It is most common in young adults and is extremely contagious. The infection and its symptoms can last anywhere from one to two months. Fever, sore throat, fatigue, muscle weakness, and swollen lymph glands are all symptoms that are very similar to those of the flu. The majorities of symptoms are self-limiting and improve over time.


Saliva, as well as blood, urine, sperm, and breast milk, are all carriers of this disease. CMV is a herpes virus. It, like all other herpes viruses, can lay dormant in the body for long periods of time. Fever, muscle aches, and, in more serious cases, pneumonia, encephalitis, seizures, and visual impairment are all possible symptoms.

Gum disease

Gum disease is also known as periodontitis and gingivitis, and while the disease itself is not transmitted through kissing, the bacteria that cause it can. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis can help to prevent gum disease.


When someone has an active oral herpes infection, the virus Herpes Simplex Virus 1 causes unsightly blistering on the lips and around the mouth. Cold sores and fever blisters are common names for these lesions, and not everyone realizes that cold sores and fever blisters are the same things.

Once you've contracted oral herpes, you'll have it for the rest of your life. Direct contact between an infected area and broken skin or a mucous membrane transmits oral herpes. Many people who have oral herpes aren't even aware that they have it, and may unintentionally spread it to a partner while kissing. Symptoms last about 8-10 days on average during an outbreak, and cold sores heal on their own. If you or your partner have visible sores, you should avoid kissing or other sexual contacts to prevent the spread of infection.


Meningitis is a serious condition in which the lining of the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Respiratory secretions can spread the disease from one person to another. The exchange of saliva while kissing is one way for the illness to be passed on to someone else. During the 2017 meningitis outbreak in Nigeria, over 1000 people died. Fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, light sensitivity, and vomiting are some of the symptoms. There is no cure for this disease, but staying healthy and having a strong immune system can help you beat it.


Mumps causes the salivary glands to swell and become inflamed. It is usually spread by airborne droplets from an infected person's nose or throat. Fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, and loss of appetite are common symptoms.


Rubella, also known as German measles, is caused by a virus that is transmitted through the sneeze or cough of an infected person. Fever and rash are the most common symptoms, and they usually go away in two to three days. This disease can be prevented with the rubella vaccine.


Influenza is spread through droplets produced by coughing, sneezing, or talking by people who have the flu. Fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, and fatigue are some of the symptoms. The majority of people recover in less than two weeks on their own.


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