Although kissing is considered to be low-risk when compared to intercourse and oral sex, it’s possible for kissing to transmit CMV, herpes, and syphilis.
CMV can be present in saliva, and herpes and syphilis can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, particularly at times when sores are present.
What diseases can be transmitted through kissing?
Only certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are transmittable through kissing. Two common ones are herpes simplex virus (HSV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV).
What can’t be transmitted through kissing?
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
Is kissing safe?
Kissing can transmit many germs, including those that cause cold sores, glandular fever and tooth decay. Saliva can transmit various diseases, which means that kissing is a small but significant health risk. It’s not all doom and gloom.
Can you get sick from kissing?
There’s the chance that kissing someone who’s sick will make you sick, too. Illnesses and bacteria are spread several ways — from inhaling infected droplets in the air after a sick person coughs or sneezes to touching a contaminated surface then touching your eyes or nose and, yes, kissing.
Can you catch a cold from kissing?
But according to a leading professor, you can’t catch a cold by kissing. “The common cold virus travels in the mucus from the respiratory system, so unless you have a bad cough, and some of the respiratory mucus has made its way into your saliva, the cold virus will not be transmitted by kissing,” he said.