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Can You Get An STD From Kissing?

Published: July 21, 2014
Dear Can You Get An STD From Kissing?,

Can you get an STD from kissing?


Dear Can You Get An STD From Kissing?,

For our readers who may not know, STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) are caused by infections that are passed from one person to another during sexual contact. These infections do not always cause symptoms and you can’t tell just by looking at someone if they have an STD – so it is very possible for STDs to be transmitted without people even knowing it.

According to TeensHealth:

Yes, you can catch herpes just from kissing someone on the mouth. And while experts believe the risk of catching HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) from kissing is low, someone who has a cut or sore in the mouth has a chance of infection during open-mouthed kissing.

The tricky thing about STDs is that you can't always see if someone has one. Even when you don't see signs of an STD, an infected person can pass the infection along.

If you have any questions about STDs or anything related to your sexual health, the best thing to do is to speak to your primary care physician or an adolescent medicine specialist. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

For more information, go to Planned Parenthood’s articles on STDs.

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