Kissing is generally considered a low-risk activity when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Only certain STDs or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are transmitted through kissing. Two of the most common are the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and the cytomegalovirus (CMV). Yes, you can get herpes just by kissing someone on the mouth.
And while experts believe that the risk of contracting HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) from kissing is low, a person who has a cut or sore on their mouth is likely to become infected by kissing with their mouth open. The two types of STIs that can be transmitted through kissing are oral herpes and syphilis. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) can also be transmitted by kissing. Although it's not officially considered an STI, it's a viral infection that can be transmitted through sexual contact.
When it comes to sex, kissing can be a really fun part of it. Who doesn't love a hot kiss session? And the good news is that kissing is generally a low-risk activity when it comes to the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You can only get some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) from kissing, such as the herpes simplex virus (HSV), cytomegalovirus, and (rarely) syphilis. Most STDs are only transmitted through unprotected sexual contact.
To avoid getting an STI when kissing someone with HSV-1, HSV-2, cytomegalovirus, or syphilis, don't kiss anyone with obvious open sores. While it's true that viruses, bacteria, and parasites can live on sinks, toilets, and other surfaces, it's very unlikely that you'll get a sexually transmitted disease (STI) or a sexually transmitted infection (STI) on the toilet seat. However, people often don't know they're infected, and some STDs can be transmitted even when people don't have symptoms. If you suspect that you have an STD, you might also consider getting tested with a home test kit to find out your STD status.
Most STIs are transmitted through anal or oral sexual intercourse and through the exchange of fluids from the anal, frontal orifice and penis. Although CMV, a viral infection, is not listed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) list of sexually transmitted infections, it can be transmitted through sexual contact. You'll probably do everything you can to avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs, formerly known as STDs) by using condoms and talking to your healthcare provider about STI testing. STDs that can be contracted by kissing an infected person include HSV types 1 and 2, cytomegalovirus, a type of herpesvirus, and syphilis.
Only a few STIs and STDs can be transmitted through kissing, but it's important to know that you could be at risk of contracting the following.