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Health Information For Teens
Can you get mono from just a peck? I kissed someone whose lips were wet during the kiss and licked my lips afterward. – Raye*
Yes, it is possible to get mono from just a quick peck on the lips. That’s because the virus is carried in saliva (spit). It can spread through any contact with saliva — even from sharing forks, spoons, drinking straws, cups, or lip balm and lipstick.
If you kissed or shared a drink with someone who has mono, it doesn’t mean you will get it. But the virus is contagious, 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.
If you do get symptoms of mono — such as fever, sore throat, and tiredness — call your doctor.
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
It’s sometimes called “the kissing disease,” but kissing is just one of the ways that someone can catch mono.
Find out what the experts have to say.
If someone gets mono, the virus stays in that person’s body for life. The virus may surface from time to time and possibly infect someone else. Here are the facts on how mono works.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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