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Glossary for Diseases contagious from kissing

  • Bacterial meningitis: Bacterial meningitis is a form of meningitis caused by bacteria that normally lives in the mouth and throat. When the immune system is unable to supress this bacteria, it travels to the cerebrospinal spinal fluid in the brain. From there it affects the membranes surrounding the brain.
  • Chickenpox: Common viral infection.
  • Cold sores: Skin cores on the skin, face, or lips.
  • Common cold: A cold is a relatively minor contagious infection of the nose and throat that can be caused by a number of different viruses (e.g. rhinoviruses, coronaviruses). There are over 200 different viruses that have the potential to cause the common cold. Although colds can cause discomfort they are not considered a serious condition.
  • Contagious Diseases: Any disease that can be transferred from person to person
  • Cytomegalovirus: A easily transmissible viral infection that is common but generally causes no symptoms except in infants and people with weakened immune systems.
  • Diseases contagious from kissing: Diseases that can be contracted through kissing
  • Diseases contagious from safe sex: Diseases spread by sex even if condom used
  • Diseases contagious from saliva: Diseases that can be contracted from saliva
  • Epstein-Barr virus: Common virus causing mononucleosis
  • Genital warts: Genital warts often from a viral STD.
  • Gonorrhea: Common sexually transmitted disease often without symptoms.
  • HIV/AIDS: HIV is a sexually transmitted virus and AIDS is the progressive immune failure that HIV causes.
  • Hepatitis C: Viral liver infection spread by blood.
  • Meningitis: Dangerous infection of the membranes surrounding the brain.
  • Mononucleosis: Common infectious virus.
  • Mumps: An acute viral disease that causes the salivary glands to become swollen, sore and inflamed. Immunization had greatly reduced the incidence of this disease.
  • Swine flu: The Swine Flu is a respiratory viral disease which is usually found in pigs but can sometimes be transmitted to humans and cause epidemics or even pandemics. The viral strain involved is type A H1N1. The virus can be spread amongst humans from direct contact which can occur through coughing, sneezing or contamination of hands and surfaces. The severity of symptoms is highly variable, although with most people suffering only relatively mild symptoms. Patients are considered contagious for up to a week after the onset of symptoms but children may be contagious for longer periods of time.


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