Kissing & (STD) Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Kissing & STD

Kissing, is an experience but is also one of the main ways of transmitting different types of diseases. Some of the most common ways of spreading an infectious disease are through saliva, through kissing or sharing food or drinks.

Is everyone equally prone to suffer from an orally transmitted disease?

Saliva is a natural antimicrobial mechanism and the oral flora (“good bacteria”) fights against the spread of infectious bacteria.

Following individuals are more prone to infections –

  • Individuals who are less hydrated
  • Individuals with low immunity against viruses
  • Individuals with nutrient deficiency, such as vitamin C

How is a disease transmitted through kissing?

When two individuals kiss, there is an exchange of saliva and the contaminated saliva easily penetrates the mouth. Depending on the type of bacteria spread, the infection can remain in the oral cavity, inside of the cheeks, tongue or teeth. And this may result in gum or throat infections. Or it can penetrate and spread to the respiratory tract or the rest of the body.

What sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are transmitted through kissing?

Only those STDs that manifest themselves with lesions in the mouth, such as cold sores, or, in very rare cases, if the carrier of the virus has a wound in the mouth, are transmitted through kissing.

The same is not true for oral sex, for which it is recommended to take the same preventive measures as with sexual relations, since it is one of the main routes of transmission of STDs, such as:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Trichomoniasis

Check out: Chlamydia infection spread from mouth

Other diseases transmitted through kissing

There are many diseases susceptible to be transmitted through this intimate contact that involves an exchange of saliva, some of the most common are:

  • Common cold
  • Stomach parasites
  • Periodontitis
  • Streptococcus throat infection
  • Meningitis

About Author – This article has been written by Nilam Mehta and she is one of the owner of this site/blog. She has experience in pharmaceutical industry.


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