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Starfire&Shadows
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I have two quick questions about Mono...

First off, when is the period of contagion and is there a time when you're contagious say from kissing but have a lessened contagion from being close to people/breathing on them/sharing glasses?

I was also wondering if it's possible to get it twice or have a relapse?

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Mono is usually caused by EBV (Epstein-Barr Virus), and once exposed to it/contracting it, it sticks with you for the rest of your life, whether or not you actually show symptoms. And generally, if you have it once, you won't have it again.

Being close to someone/breathing on them won't give you mono, though. You need to come in contact with saliva, either through kissing, or sharing of glasses, toothbrushes, eating utensils, etc.

It's much harder to contract mono through casual contact; I'm not sure what you mean about "lessened contagion", because the virus stays with you your entire life, so once you got it, you're stuck with it. You may or may not pass it on to anyone: most of the time the virus just goes dormant.

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"I'm not sure what you mean about "lessened contagion""

I was just wondering if there was a time after the symptoms in which it was so "dormant" that spreading it would be unlikely. But (I gather) the answer is no.

Thank you for answering my questions

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