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    STIs
    Can STIs Be Transmitted Through Kissing?
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    Have you ever wondered, "Can you get STIs from kissing?" It's a common question, and it's great that you're curious about sexual health. Let's delve into this topic together and explore what you need to know about STIs and their transmission through kissing. So, are you ready to uncover the facts? Let's dive in!

    Common types of STIs

    STIs encompass a broad range of infections that can be transmitted through sexual activity. Some common types include:

    1. Herpes: Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is primarily transmitted through direct contact with an infected person's skin or bodily fluids. While it can be transmitted through kissing, the risk is relatively low compared to other forms of intimate contact.

    2. Syphilis: Syphilis is caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum and is primarily transmitted through sexual contact. Kissing can theoretically transmit syphilis if there are open sores or ulcers in the mouth, but it is not a typical mode of transmission.

    3. Gonorrhea: Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacteria responsible for gonorrhea, can be transmitted through oral, vaginal, or anal sex. Kissing alone is unlikely to transmit gonorrhea, but if there is contact with infected genital secretions, the risk increases.

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    per test
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    Mycoplasma Genitalium
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    HSA/FSA Accepted
    Care plan + Rx
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    Symptoms and prevention

    STIs often present with various symptoms, although some may be asymptomatic. Common symptoms include:

    • Genital sores or ulcers
    • Painful urination
    • Abnormal discharge
    • Itching or irritation in the genital area

    To prevent the transmission of STIs, it is crucial to practice safe sex. This includes:

    1. Using condoms: Condoms provide a barrier that reduces the risk of transmitting STIs during sexual intercourse.

    2. Regular testing: Getting tested for STIs is essential, especially if you have multiple sexual partners or don't know your partner's STI status. Regular testing allows for early detection and treatment, reducing the risk of complications and further transmission.

    Learn More: The Importance of STD Testing

    Visit TBD Health for testing and advice

    If you have concerns about your sexual health or believe you may have been exposed to an STI, it is essential to seek professional advice. TBD Health offers a few ways to get testing: at home, or in person at our Las Vegas or Denver Care Hubs.

    While the risk of contracting an STI through kissing is generally low, it is important to be aware of the different types of infections and their modes of transmission. Practicing safer sex, including using condoms and getting regular testing, can significantly reduce the risk of contracting and spreading STIs!

    Reviewed by Sarah, NP on Jan 21, 2024

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