What STDs can be transmitted through kissing? Is it possible to detect
signs of STD on another personís lips and mouth?
A: Kissing is wonderful
and exciting. Itís also a fairly easy way to transmit a respiratory
infection (like a cold) and a few other conditions. The reality is that
mouth-to-mouth contact is an efficient way to spread illness.
Herpes can be a recurring and upsetting disease but is rarely dangerous compared to other STDs. Although there is not a cure for herpes, appropriate treatment is effective in helping to control the disease.
Herpes infections are very
common. About 80-90% of American adults have oral herpes. Many people
catch the virus in childhood through parents or family members giving
the types of affectionate kisses common during early childhood.
The virus may also be acquired by sharing toothbrushes or utensils.
Many people carry the virus and donít even know it.
Source: American Social Health Association