Posts Tagged ‘virus’

You’re walking home from a night out on Marshall St. with your significant other–or a very beneficial friend, or even a person you just met (no judging)–and they’re looking at you with those come-hither eyes.

You both lean in for an innocent (let’s face it, probably not-so-innocent) kiss, and when your lips finally touch, the last thing you’re both probably thinking is, “hmm, I wonder just how many germs we’re exchanging right now.” Just in case you’re newly curious as to how germ-infested those kisses are for future reference, the answer is: very.

Aside from the obvious infections transmitted through saliva-swapping like, mono, strep throat and cold sores, there’s another disease that can be added to that list: Cytomegalovirus. According to a 2009 study in the medical journal, Medical Hypotheses, however, the Cyto-virus (which is what I’ll be calling it from now on), is actually quite beneficial, and could even be deemed as one of the reasons for those late-night lip-locking sessions.

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