Kissing is a form of affection that has been around for centuries. It is a sign of love, intimacy, and affection. However, while kissing can be pleasurable, it can also lead to the transmission of certain diseases. Here are some diseases that can be contracted through kissing:
By Frederick Akinola
1. Cold sores:
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) and can be contracted through kissing. The virus can be transmitted even when there are no visible blisters or sores present. Cold sores can cause pain, itching, and burning on the lips or in the mouth.
Mononucleosis, also known as the kissing disease, is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). It is spread through saliva and can be contracted through kissing or sharing utensils, toothbrushes, or drinks with someone who is infected. Symptoms of mononucleosis include fatigue, fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash.
3. Cytomegalovirus (CMV):
CMV is a common virus that can be transmitted through saliva, urine, blood, or breast milk. It can be contracted through kissing, sharing utensils or toothbrushes, and sexual contact. In healthy individuals, CMV often causes no symptoms. However, in people with weakened immune systems, CMV can cause serious health problems.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by several different types of bacteria and viruses, including the herpes simplex virus. Meningitis can be contracted through kissing or close contact with an infected person. Symptoms of meningitis include fever, headache, stiff neck, and sensitivity to light.
5. Streptococcal pharyngitis:
Streptococcal pharyngitis, also known as strep throat, is caused by the Streptococcus bacteria. It can be contracted through kissing or close contact with an infected person. Symptoms of strep throat include sore throat, fever, headache, and swollen lymph nodes.
6. Hepatitis B:
Hepatitis B is a viral infection that affects the liver. It can be transmitted through blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and saliva. Hepatitis B can be contracted through kissing if there is an open sore in the mouth or on the lips. Symptoms of hepatitis B include fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes).
7. Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2):
HSV-2 is a sexually transmitted virus that causes genital herpes. However, it can also be transmitted through kissing if there is contact with an open sore or blister. Symptoms of genital herpes include painful blisters or sores on the genitals, buttocks, or thighs.
8. Human papillomavirus (HPV):
A sexually transmitted virus, HPV can cause genital warts and some types of cancer, including cervical cancer. Kissing can also transmit it if there is contact with an open sore or blister. Symptoms of genital warts include small, flesh-colored bumps on the genitals or anus.
Influenza is a viral infection that affects the respiratory system. Saliva, mucus, or respiratory droplets can transmit it. Kissing or close contact with an infected person can contract influenza. Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, and body aches.
10. Gum disease:
Bacteria that grow in the mouth cause gum disease. Saliva can transmit it and kissing or sharing toothbrushes or utensils can contract it. Symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen, and bleeding gums.
In conclusion, kissing can be a source of pleasure and affection, but it can also lead to the transmission of certain diseases. It is important to practice good hygiene and avoid kissing or close contact with an infected person if you are at risk of contracting any of these diseases. If you experience any symptoms of these diseases, seek medical attention immediately.