Kissing seals the deal in any relationship. Well, not just emotionally, but in so many other ways. According to science, the oxytocin that’s released in our body when someone kisses us helps in building a stronger bond. But guess what? Kissing can be the cause of sexually transmitted diseases.
Is that even possible? We are as confused as you are! That’s why we have Dr Aruna Kalra, a senior gynaecologist and obstetrician at CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram, who will tell us all about it.
Kissing is generally associated with a lower risk of infection, as compared to intercourse or oral sex. However, it is possible to transmit STDs from kissing. The skin-to-skin touch during kissing as well as the involvement of saliva can cause transmission of STDs, especially when one has an infection or oral sores.
1. Herpes: The herpes simplex virus can be of two types:
2. Cytomegalovirus: It is a virus that can be passed through the saliva. Symptoms of this virus include a sore throat, fatigue, body ache and fever. It can also be transmitted through the following:
3. Syphilis: It is a bacterial infection, which is typically transmitted through oral, anal or genital sex. It usually causes sores in the mouth, which can further transfer the bacterial infection through kissing. Symptoms of syphilis include:
Yes, we agree getting STDs through kissing isn’t as common, but you just can’t dismiss its possibility.
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