Some people believe that sexually transmitted diseases cannot be gotten through kissing while others believe any intimate sexual contact can lead to STDs but to us at Privi Test, you can actually contact STI by kissing.
The risk associated with contracting STI through kissing is low risk compared to genital, anal, or oral sexual intercourse.
Kissing is an enjoyable part of a relationship and it comes with butterflies but STDs like Herpes Simplex Virus and Cytomegalovirus are the common STDs contracted through kissing.
Having a conversation about STDs before the initiation of sexual contact including kissing is important and may seem daunting.
What sexually transmitted diseases can you get from kissing?
In this short article, we will cover the common STDs that are transmitted through kissing and also the rarer ones that can still be passed orally.
Herpes Simplex Virus
Herpes Simplex Virus 1: This is also called oral herpes or HSV-1 and it a common STI contracted through kissing. According to the World Health Organization, 67 percent of people who are less than 50 years have HSV-1 in them. Kissing someone who has oral sores from herpes known as cold sore can predispose you to the virus. Cold sore is a small whitish or reddish blister found in the mouth or around the genitals. It is important to note that HSV-1 can also be spread when there is no symptom. Any object that has direct contact with the saliva of an infected person can also transmit the virus. Herpes 1 can also be spread through anal, vaginal, or oral sexual intercourse.
Herpes Simplex Virus 2: This is also known as Genital Herpes or HSV-2. This type of herpes is spread more commonly through intimate sexual activity such as oral, anal, or genital sex rather than through kissing,
Herpes Simplex Virus cannot be cured but the symptoms can be managed by the correct dosage of antiviral medications like Acyclovir, Valacyclovir. See a doctor if you suspect you have herpes virus or book a consultation on Privi Test.
This is a viral infection, also known as CMV, and can be spread through kissing an infected person. It can also be spread through oral, genital, or anal sex. Like Herpes, it cannot be cured but can be managed properly.
If this doesn’t make the list, I wonder what else will. After all, the nickname of infectious mononucleosis “kissing disease” makes it special and this is because the virus easily spread through kissing.
Syphilis is a highly infectious disease caused by bacteria. It is more commonly spread through oral, genital, and anal sex. Getting infected through kissing isn’t common. Syphilis may present with sores in the mouth and these sores increase the likelihood of spreading the disease. Early treatment with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor should clear the infection. When not treated, syphilis may become fatal.
It is rare to get those aforementioned STDs through kissing but the risk increases when there is an open sore or blood present.
You do not need to be too worried about getting an STD when you kiss someone new because most STDs cannot be spread through kissing. There are some that can be passed by kissing a partner and we have highlighted them in the article. As such, you still need to be careful and take proper precautions.
You can ask your partner to get tested for STDs or jointly test with the partner by following this technique. This will help reduce the anxiety surrounding such discussions. Remember that a partner being free from STDs today doesn’t necessarily mean that he will be free tomorrow.
Make use of a condom when having genital or anal sex and never forget to wear a dental dam when having oral sex. Should you suspect any form of STD, Privi Test is one click away. We provide both anonymous testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections in Nigeria