Yes, you can catch an STI just from kissing someone on the mouth. Scared?

Often times, we tend to link sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and infections (STIs) with only vaginal, anal, and oral sex as well. But it is also possible to get sick after kissing someone, although chances are relatively much lower.

Sti's you can get from kissing
Sti's you can get from kissing

Here are four types of infections that can be transmitted through mouth-to-mouth contact with an infected person.

1. Herpes

Cold sores,often refereed to as herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). Doctors say, it is the most common infection spread through kissing. Women are said to be more susceptible than men to the virus.The risk of transmission is also higher if there are any sores in the mouth or on the lips. Medical experts advise taking a quick look at the mouth area before kissing someone as herpes-related blisters and sores are quite noticeable.


Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums, is a mild form of gum disease. The bacteria responsible for the inflammation can potentially be passed on through contact with infected saliva.

Sti's you can get from kissing
Sti's you can get from kissing


There is a minor chance of one contracting syphilis by kissing someone though the chances are quite low compared to transmission through coitus. Syphilis is an infectious condition, and one of its medium of transmission is the development of sores in the mouth which could be contracted through kissing.

4. Mononucleosis

Infectious mononucleosis, sometimes known as "the kissing disease," is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). In addition to kissing, it can be passed on through coughing, sneezing, sharing toothbrushes or glasses, etc.