Can You Get HPV From Kissing Someone?

The human papillomavirus is not spread through kissing. Many fear that kissing may cause a risk of infection because there is a strain of HPV that is associated with the mouth.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, none of the 80 known strains of HPV are spread by mouth-to-mouth contact of any sort, including sharing food or drinks. HPV is generally a sexually transmitted disease. In many cases, a person could have HPV and be unaware of her condition due to a lack of symptoms. HPV can stay dormant in a person's body for years before symptoms begin to appear.