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Possible dangers of kissing

26 September 2016, 12:25 Nakhu Mix

Be warned that kissing may not be the safest thing you can do. In fact, there are STIs and other bugs that can be transferred via the locking of lips, some that will stay with you for life. These include:

The common cold

The virus that causes the common cold is not found in saliva, but mucus that may very well be a part of the wet kissing a couple may share while one partner has the common cold.

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Influenza/flu virus

The flu is a highly contagious disease that is spread when you either inhale infected droplets in the air, when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or when you come in direct contact with an infected person's secretions by kissing, touching, and sharing objects.

Glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis)

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Glandular fever, also known as infectious mononucleosis, is a viral infection that can cause fever, sore throat, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes and glands. It is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus and is one of the most common viruses that can affect humans. After infection, the virus will remain in the body for life, lying dormant in a number of throat and blood cells. The virus is contagious and can be passed on by coming into contact with the saliva of someone who is currently infected, hence its other name -- the kissing disease.


The herpes simplex viruses get into the body through tiny injuries in the skin or through a mucous membrane, such as inside the mouth or on the genital area. The viruses can be carried in bodily fluids (such as saliva, semen, or fluid in the female genital tract) or in fluid from herpes sores. The risk for infection is highest with direct contact of blisters or sores during an outbreak.

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Warts/human papilloma virus (HPV)

HPV is a group of viruses that affect the skin and the moist membranes lining the body, like the cervix, anus, mouth and throat. It is a common and highly contagious infection, with over three-quarters of sexually active women acquiring it at some time in their lives. Hepatitis B Hepatitis B is one of the most virulent organisms that exist that you can get from kissing and other body fluids like sweat.

Meningococcal meningitis

The bacteria that cause meningococcal meningitis can be spread through the exchange of saliva during kissing and sharing utensils and drinking glasses.

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