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naplement
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dear experts,

I'd like to know if someone's lips being dry influences the way they resist transmitting STIs mouth-to-mouth.

I often have little cracks or other problems with my lips, especially at winter, but would also like to feel safe kissing people casually.

where to draw the line between worrying and not? Threat it as a wound only if it actively bleeds (which rarely happens)/ if it's deeper than x mm? x=? Decide that I won't make out with people unless my lips are in a perfect shape, which could easily make me kiss-celibate for quite long periods of time? Make kissing a function of the nature of the relationship, and threat it the same as any possibly risky sex act? Embrace that living means taking risks?

(ps: I know that I have to deal with the paranoia in it's own right, but to make informed decisions I still need the facts, too.)

with respect

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Most STI's are passed between moist areas so the way dry/cracked lips would incease your risks is if you have open skin (like a cut looks like).Remember, the most likely "sexual" infection spread by typical kissing is the cold sore/fever blister variety of herpes. The others are not very likely by just kissing.

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naplement
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so herpes transmission rates can increase, but the more scary stuff won't be influenced by this? thanks. [Smile]
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