The risks involved in (tongue) kissing

Kissing is the safest in terms of the possible transmission of HIV and other STIs.

No risk of getting HIV

You cannot get HIV from kissing.

Risks in terms of STIs

  • You can get herpes (i.e. cold sores) from (tongue) kissing.
  • If you have inflamed gums or a small wound or blister in your mouth, the transmission of Hepatitis B can take place more easily.

Reduce the risk

  • Get vaccinated against Hepatitis B for free.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

 

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