What can I catch from sharing drinks?
And there’s also mononucleosis, which is sometimes called the “kissing disease” — that can go on the list, too. So we have strep, the common cold, mumps, meningitis, herpes, and mono. These are easily the most common, and will make up the majority of any “diseases you can catch via saliva/mouth” list.
Can you get STD from sharing drinks?
One of the more common beliefs is that you can get herpes from sharing a drink with another person. As is the case with most STDs and STIs, it is highly unlikely that you’ll contract the herpes virus through anything other than skin to skin contact with another person; and that includes drink sharing.
What diseases can you catch from saliva?
Here are a few other illnesses which can work their way from your saliva into your nose, throat and lungs:
- Rhinovirus (colds)
- Flu virus.
- Epstein-Barr virus (mononucelosis, or mono)
- Type 1 herpes (cold sores)
- Strep bacteria.
- Hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
- Cytomegalovirus (a risk for babies in the womb)
What happens if you drink someone else’s water?
Your mouth is veritably teeming with bacteria, but it’s your bacteria, so it’s all good. The potential for problems arises when you’re sharing a water bottle with someone else, Gerba says. Then you get their germs, which could make you sick.
Can you catch hepatitis from drinking after someone?
According to the CDC, hepatitis C isn’t spread by sharing silverware or drinking glasses, or through water or foods. Showing affection by holding hands, hugging, or kissing is also safe, Lee says. And although germs from sneezing or coughing might cause you to get a cold, they won’t give you hepatitis C.