|What do you recommend?
Oct 21, 2009
Hi Dr. Bob!
Thanks for all the great work you're doing. You're truly a Saint, and it's too bad more people aren't as kind hearted, upbeat, and cool as you.
I know kissing isn't considered a risk for HIV. But I've read (including on this site) that Syphilis can be spread by kissing.
I had a PROLONGED, INTENSE make out session with a masseuse. I'm actually not really paranoid about anything besides syphilis. I didn't SEE any active chancres (at least on her lips), but I didn't inspect the inside of her mouth (except with my tongue). What do you think? Am I'm worrying over nothing? Is there a medical reason to get a Syphilis test just from kissing (a random person)?
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Syphilis screening is not necessary after kissing a random person, even if the random person is a smoking hot masseuse and the kiss is more like tonsil hockey than a peck on the lips. Routine syphilis screening is recommended every 6 to 12 months in sexually active folks with multiple partners.
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