Sexually transmitted diseases through kissing: Kissing is a common practice among lovers today. Any activity where the mouth is caressed or touched to any part of the body can be described as kissing. Kissing comes in many forms and types. In normal settings, a kiss or perk on the lip, head, nose, hand, etc indicate affection or form of greeting.

Sexually transmitted diseases through kissing

When we kiss someone, we prove to them that they’re special to us. Kissing however is a healthy practice. Sex and dating are a huge part of life. So is kissing. Even if you’re the most prudish person you know, there will always be those situations where you have to make a decision to kiss a person or not.

Is kissing a form of oral sex?

Well depends on the type of kiss and on which part of the body its initiated, we can’t say all types of kissing practices is sex. Lets know what oral sex is. Oral sex is a sexual activity in which the genitals of one partner are stimulated by the mouth of another. Oral sex involve the use of mouth, lips or tongue to stimulate the genital of your partner which is known as cunnilingus.

Cunnilingus also known as fellatio is a form of sexual activity that involve the use of your tongue, mouth or lips to caress and stimulate your partner. Usually done doing a “foreplay” or as a complete sex experience. Oral sex can be enjoyed and practice among all types of sex partners either heterosexual or homosexual. While some may prefer oral sex to penile vagina intercourse or anal sex, oral sex can be a great satisfactory for many.

A kiss on the nipple, mouth and genitals is a form of oral sex. This practice can cause arousal and leads to either penetration or even an orgasm. So yes in “contrast” kissing is an oral sex. Read more here

Think of it this way, some kissing practices: french or deep kissing, can puts you into contact with the skin and body fluids: blood, semen, vagina secretions, urine, and saliva. And to say the least these body fluids harbor pathogens and germs that are likely to get into your body if you make out with an infected person.

The types of kisses

Well you may probably be wondering if there are ever many types and ways to kiss. Yes there are many types of kissing.  Kisses are grouped into types depending on where the kiss is initiated. the following are the various types of kisses you may have heard about;

Forehead kiss: this form of kiss is when your partner kisses your forehead. This is a normal kiss among lovers and family and can be use as a form of greeting or to show affection. Your partners lip gently touch your skin. This kiss doesn’t cause any body fluid exchange. Its however a safer way to kiss someone.

cheek kiss: kiss on the cheek does not differ from that of the forehead. This time the kiss is initiated on the cheek of the receiver. Another form of safe kiss.

Butterfly kiss: where the eyelashes your flutter against your partners skin or eyelashes. this is however an affectionate gesture form of kissing someone.
neck kiss: kiss on the neck is a romantic type of kissing. one of the most sensitive part of the body. Neck kissing denote affection and romance.

American kiss: this form of kissing has to do with lips touching each other and open slightly; similar to that of the french kissing but without the use of the tongue

Eskimo kiss: Eskimo form of kissing is the act of pressing the tip of your nose against your partners. Can be a form of greeting or romantic gesture

Peck kiss: perk kiss is a quick affectionate kiss on the lip. This time your partner’s lip touches yours slightly and the mouth open just a bit wide.

Hand kiss : a kiss on the hand. Your partner raises your hand and kiss it passionately.
top of head kiss: when your partner kiss your head. This time his lips or chin is touching your hair and head.

French kiss: french kiss also known as deep kiss or making out, is the form of kiss that is intense. This one actually involves the tongue and the exchange of saliva. This is the type of kissing that can render you susceptible to contracting any kind of oral infection from your partner.

Now that we know the various types of kissing methods, lets dive into the topic where kissing been considered a form of oral sex practice. Oral sex as discussed earlier is the form of sexual practice where the tongue is used to stimulate the genitals.
This means the tongue stimulate your anal area, vagina, penis and the nipples. And these areas are likely to harbor disease causing pathogens including viruses, fungus, bacteria and parasites.

But kissing is when you caress the lip, forehead, and other exposed parts of your partner. Now where is the truth that kissing can make you contract sexually transmitted disease or these sexually transmitted diseases be transferred to you if you kiss the infected person?
In other not to confuse kissing with oral sex, the following points may clear your doubts

Take note

  • You are likely to be infected with sexually transmitted disease through kissing if
  • your partner have chancre or sore in his mouth, lips or anywhere your lip touches during kissing
  • your partner has a sore or cut in the mouth, on lip or tongue and anywhere the kiss is initiated.
  • you or your partner cut or bruised one another when kissing
  • your partner engage in unprotected anal or oral sex (cunnilingus) and they kiss you
  • there is exchange of saliva during kissing


These practices are likely to be encounter during deep kissing although not limited to. You can only be affected if your partner has the infection. And the signs are there. You may not get infected from save kissing like those on the neck or forehead and hand however you may be at risk if your lips kiss sores or chancres, bumps or blisters, and fresh cuts.
When you bruise or cut the affected person during deep kissing, the blood can carries the pathogens like virus or bacteria to your body.

Whats are STDs

sexually transmitted diseases ,STDs are infections that are transmitted through sexual intercourse of any type: anal, oral and vagina sex. STDs are passed from an infected person to his/her partner through body fluids like blood, semen, vagina secretions, and saliva.

10 most common sexually transmitted diseases

  1. Chlamydia
  2. Gonorrhea
  3. Syphilis
  5. Hepatitis B
  6. Trichomoniasis
  7. Genital warts
  8. Genital herpes
  9. HPV(human papilloma virus)
  10. Bacterial vaginosis.

These are however the most common STDs among sexual active partner today. These most ten common sexually diseases are caused by pathogens that invade the body. Pathogens multiply quickly when they get into your body.

Certain activities and environments will cause pathogens to grow radially cause serious health complications. Untreated sexually transmitted disease can affects organs breaking it down completely. Most women who are affected with STDs and did not treat them develop complications later in their life.

Untreated STDs in women can result in serious health conditions like developing ovarian and breast cancer, infertility and even death. Men can as well have infertility issues and develop prostrate cancer if they did not treat their STDs

STDs through kissing

Although STDs are mostly known to spread through sexual intercourse, however they can be transmitted through kissing as well as we all know from these content.
The following STDs are the most common STDs that can be pass on through kissing;

1. HPV(human papilloma virus): HPV: is another common type of sexually transmitted diseases. Study shows that nearly everyone will get HPV at some point in their life. Although HPV is mainly transmitted through penile vagina sex, anal and oral sex you can get HPV when you come close to the infected sore .
HPV has the potential of causing cancer in the future. HPV however has no cure but can be managed by antiviral drugs.

2. HSV-1(herpes) herpes simplex virus -1: can be passed on from the infected person to uninfected person through the saliva. it is however, one common STDs transmitted through oral sex. However kissing can however aids the transmission.

3. HIV/AIDS: HIV caused by the virus human immune syndrome is transmitted through the blood and body fluid like semen and vagina secretions. In the mouth, a cut or bruise can aids the transmission. HIV however can be transmitted through kissing

4. Syhilis: symptom of Syhilis is appearance of painless sore called chancre. Chancre can develop on the genitals, lips, on tongue, anal area and the mouth. Coming into close contact with the infected sores is enough to transmit the infection
5. Hepatitis B : is however more easily to spread faster than any other type sexually transmitted disease. This disease is known to affects the liver. Hepatitis B can be transmitted through blood and body fluids like semen, saliva and vagina secretions. The virus can be spread through saliva. Hepatitis is a viral disease caused by the virus hepatitis B virus (HBV)

candida: although candida fungi is not a sexually transmitted disease, when they multiply and overgrown, it can be spread mainly from women to their sexual partners.

STDs that cannot be transmitted through kissing
Chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichonomiasis, bacterial vaginosis, genital warts, genital herpes etc.

symptoms of STDs in mouth

sexually transmitted disease through kissing

Most sexually transmitted disease in the mouth will show in the form of ulcers, sores, chancres, blisters and bleeding gums. Not all sexually transmitted diseases will show signs or symptoms, however you can do a proper oral STD test to prove you have the infection.

How to test for oral stds

Your health professionals will test for oral oral std by using blood samples or swab taken from sore. For symphonic STDs, you will undergo a pap smear test. This is usually done for HPV, which is the warts of the mouth or throat.

Prevention and treatments

Avoid rough and deep kissing with people you don’t know their STD status. This can however trigger saliva exchange and bruises or cuts. If you are unsure whether you might have contracted the any of the sexually transmitted disease because you kiss someone, speak to your doctor about it.
There are however many OTC(over the counter) medications you can get if you suspect you might have contracted any STDs.

Is there a better way to kiss to avoid std(safe kissing)

Inasmuch as kissing been considered a low key for transmission of most sexually transmitted disease, there isn’t any proposed way to kiss . Unlike the use of condoms for vaginal, anal and oral sex, there hasn’t been much

Protection for kissing.

For starters, avoid deep kissing or any form of kissing that involves the exchange of saliva. Obviously i don’t think people might consider using dental dams, which is the condoms uses when practicing oral sex.

In a nutshell

Kissing is an intimate act, and you will definitely found yourself doing it someday. You should be cautious about who you kiss since there are STDs that can be passed on through kissing.
If you are the type that enjoys kissing during sexual intercourse or any romantic moment, chances are you could contract one of the most common and contagious STDs that are present in mouth.


The content is intended to educate the reader on the various Sexually transmitted infections through kissing. These content however are based on the writer’s own research finding  its not intends to provide or replace medically proven reports. Munoji does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.