Kissing is fun and sweet when you do it with the right person and at the right time; however, if done with the wrong person or without proper discretion, it can create more problems than expected.
There are a number of diseases one can contract from kissing, and I’ve got 8 of them lined up below…
1. Tooth decay
Tooth decay is a condition caused by dangerous bacteria, and it can be passed on from one person to another through kissing. This is no surprise, since kissing involves a lot of saliva movement and exchange.
2. Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is a disease caused by a virus. The virus attacks the liver and can lead to death and other dangerous conditions. It can be passed through blood and other bodily fluids… including saliva.
3. Strep throat
Also known as ‘Sore throat’ is a condition caused by streptococcal bacteria. It is characterised by the inability to swallow saliva, pains in the throat, fever, etc. It can also be shared via kissing.
4. Influenza (flu)
This is a common respiratory illness caused by an influenza virus. Like the aforementioned, it can be contracted through kissing an infected person.
5. Viral meningitis
As the name suggests, this is a disease caused by a virus which results in an inflammation of the tissue covering the brain and spinal chord. It is also transmissible through kissing.
6. Herpes simplex 1
Commonly referred to as ‘oral herpes’, this disease can be contracted when you lock lips with an infected person.
7. Gum disease
You probably didn’t know that you can catch gum disease by kissing an infected person.
This disease isn’t called ‘the kissing disease’ for nothing; it can actually be passed through kissing. It is caused by a virus, the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), and is characterised by fever, sore throat, etc.
So those were some of the diseases you can contract via kissing, but don’t let it deter you from kissing, after all, the act isn’t a bad thing, just make sure you don’t do it with the wrong person, and at the wrong time.