Melbourne: If you think kiss is just a kiss, you may want to think again, because simple bliss now comes with health warnings — it can cause herpes. The Australian Herpes Management Forum, which is about to launch an awareness campaign, has warned that kissing is a major propagator of herpes. The sign of love is “a danger to adults and children”.
“No parent wants to pass on their baby’s or their girlfriend’s kiss with herpes simplex virus (HSV), but people should know that this is the main method of transmission. Activated, ”Australian media quoted Tricia Berger, AHMF’s executive director.

“If you have herpes sores on or near your mouth, you are likely to pass the virus on with whom you kiss. The virus can spread even if there are no obvious sores or symptoms, but the risk is higher when the sores are visible,” Berger said.
The mutation of the HSV-1 virus is known as cold sores. It is usually obtained by contact with adult relatives, mostly by kissing.

Berger said the risk of herpes from kissing is the main theme of a new community service awareness campaign. Television and radio commercials will air nationally from August to National Herpes Awareness Day, October.


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