Can You Get Mono From Just a Quick Kiss?enteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-expertAnswers-enHD-AR1.jpgFind out what the experts have to say.mono, contagious, catch mono, mononucleosis, kissing disease, glandular fever12/09/200812/31/201912/31/2019Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD01/01/2020fb7d3a9d-fc3c-474b-8065-9787c1740474https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/quick-mono.html/<p><em>Can you get mono from just a peck? I kissed someone whose lips were wet during the kiss and licked my lips afterward.<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>Raye*</em></p> <p>Yes, it is possible to get <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/mononucleosis.html/">mono</a> from just a quick peck on the lips. That's because the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/care-about-germs.html/">virus</a>&nbsp;is carried in saliva (spit). It can spread through <em>any</em> contact with saliva &mdash; even from sharing forks, spoons, drinking straws, cups, or lip balm and lipstick.</p> <p>If you kissed or shared a drink with someone who has mono, it doesn't mean you <em>will</em> get it. But the virus is <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/contagious.html/">contagious</a>, so it's a good idea to avoid kissing or sharing utensils or cosmetics with anyone who's sick, recently had mono, or may have it now. Note: People can pass mono to others before they know they have it, and even someone who had it a long time ago might spread it, so mono can be hard to avoid.</p> <p>If you do get symptoms of mono &mdash; such as fever, sore throat, and tiredness &mdash; call your doctor.</p> <p><em>*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.</em></p>
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