Can You Get Mono From Oral Sex?
August 26, 2016
Scientists don't have a detailed understanding of the sexual activities in which mono can be transmitted. But they do know that the virus which causes mono can be found in saliva and genital secretions. It's quite possible that infection could be passed on during oral sex.
Mono, known to doctors as infectious mononucleosis, is usually caused by infection with the Epstein-Barr virus. Symptoms of mono include fatigue, fever, sore throat, head and body aches, swollen lymph nodes in the neck and armpits, swollen liver or spleen, and rash.
Studies have shown that the Epstein-Barr virus is produced in the saliva of persistently infected individuals, and that transmission probably occurs orally, through close contact with saliva during kissing.
The virus may also be found in semen and vagina fluids. Research has shown that young people with more sexual experience are more likely to have the infection. But studies have not specifically examined whether transmission occurs during fellatio or cunnilingus.
During active infection, the virus can be spread by using objects, such as a toothbrush or drinking glass that an infected person recently used. The virus probably survives on an object at least as long as the object remains moist. People who have mono should practice good hygiene, be careful when coughing, avoid sharing utensils, etc.
A person who has Epstein-Barr virus may be contagious for a period of several weeks or months. After that, the virus maybe inactive and the person is no longer contagious.
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