my girlfriend got infected by mononucleosis...I read something about it and found out that the virus is located in saliva...does it mean she kissed someone? is it safe for me to kiss her?
I'm no doctor, but I had mono about six years ago. I don't know how I got it. I think I was staying up too late and not getting enough sleep which caused me to get sick. I saw a specialist who told me that mono USED TO BE CALLED the kissing disease. He acted like it was a myth. I had a boyfriend at the time and he never got it. He was stubborn and wanted to kiss me while I had mono anyway, which he did, and luckily he never got sick. Personally, I don't think it's a good idea. You can catch a cold from kissing someone who has a cold, so it's definitely possible. Just because your girlfriend has mono does not mean she kissed someone else.
Mono like the cold or flu can be transmitted through kissing, sneezing, coughing, etc. However, unlike the cold or flu, the person who transmits the virus [either EB or CMV] often doesn't have any symptoms. Both viruses are very common [50%+ of the population] but only a very small percent of people infected ever show symptoms. These viruses can lie dormant for years in an infected person and make their appearance years later.
In other words, for all you know, you might have infected your girlfriend or she might have been infected when she was a toddler but the symptoms only appeared recently because her immune system happens to be stressed at this point in time.
Here's what the Center for Disease Control [CDC] says about EBV mono - the most common mono:
[This message has been edited by Jay Tor (edited 09-14-2002).]
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