When you kiss someone, you are exposing yourself to 500 bacterias and viruses. Some scientists also described kissing as a great way to pass a virus. Further, Kissing can lead to Human papillomavirus infection (HPV) transmission.
What is Human papillomavirus infection (HPV)?
HPV is a form of infection which persists and results in warts or precancerous lesions. It increases the risk of cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, mouth, or throat. Accounting for 70% of the case, nearly all cervical cancer is due to HPV with two types, HPV16 and HPV18. Also, 60% and 90% of the other cancers are also linked to HPV.
A third-year public health student from Kisii University said:
“We were told that public health officers from this area are working round the clock to know the root cause of this. But we are being advised even on WhatsApp groups to avoid kissing and exchanging body fluids.”
According to a study published in 2009, college-aged men with oral HPV infections had more open-mouth kissing partners and oral sex partners than men who did not have oral HPV infections. Several other studies have also found an association between intimate kissing and oral HP.
HPV: Most Common Sexually Transmitted Infection
In 2012, about 528,000 new cases and 266,000 deaths occurred from cervical cancer worldwide, which made HPV as most common sexually transmitted infection.