Most people think kissing is safe when it comes to STDs. However, what you may not realize is that syphilis and herpes simplex virus (HSV 1 and 2) can be transmitted by mouth – be it a quick kiss on the mouth or a French kiss. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to stop kissing altogether, but it is good to be aware of the two diseases that can be passed through the act.
Herpes Infection and Kissing
1 and 2 infections are the most common kind of STD, and once a person
has been infected, it’s there. There is no cure for the herpes
virus. It can stay dormant in the body for years before a person has
a reaction. According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention agency, most people who have herpes never know they have
it and unwillingly spread it to others.
- HSV-1 is responsible for oral herpes
- HSV-2 is responsible for genital herpes
herpes can be transmitted from mouth to genitals through oral sex,
which is how some genital herpes cases has come about. The same goes
for HSV-2, leading to oral herpes.
people worried about the herpes virus, it’s best to ask a partner
about symptom flare-ups. Signs of an impending outbreak include
tingling, itching and burning sensations. Reassure your partner that
herpes is nothing to feel embarrassed about, as over half of all
Americans have oral herpes with one in six Americans diagnosed with
who have herpes can talk with their doctor about prescriptions that
can reduce their chances of spreading the HSV-1 and HSV-2 disease.
CDC says there are four stages of syphilis, each one with their own
signs and symptoms.
syphilis is evident as the person develops sores around the mouth and
- Secondary syphilis results in swollen lymph nodes, fever and skin rash.
- The third stage of syphilis produces no tale-tell signs of the disease.
- The fourth syphilis stage, called tertiary syphilis) can cause an array of health problems, affecting the brain, heart and other organs.
disease is passed when there is an open sore in the first three
stages – orally, vaginally or anally. It can also be passed while
kissing. The best way to avoid catching syphilis is to not kiss or
have sex with an infected person.
It’s always best to ask new partners if they’ve been tested for STDs and avoid kissing anyone or having sex with a person with visible sores. It’s always a good idea for everybody to be tested even if they are not visible signs or symptoms.