It is the "most romantic" day of the year. Flowers are being delivered. Husbands will be getting subtle hints when no gift has arrived by lunch time. Tonight lovers will be dining out and having cocktails while gazing into each other's eyes.

Then comes the kiss.

Before you lock lips and swap spit, know the risks involved. After a simple Google search, I'm not sure I ever want to be kissed again.

These are "diseases" you can catch from kissing:

 

  • 1

    Flu

    The flu is going around, and according to recent reports from the CDC, we're not out of the woods yet. Kissing someone who is infected with the flu is one sure fire way to make sure you get your turn with it. Even if you got your flu shot, it's not a 100% sure-fire-way to make sure you don't get it. It only helps. Be safe.

  • 2

    Strep

    The dreaded strep throat is also making the rounds this year. It is highly contagious, and it has been circulating around town a lot. Before you lean in for that kiss, make sure you are okay with the possibility of fever and that insane burning sensation in your throat that makes eating soup feel like swallowing shards of glass.

  • 3

    Epstein-Barr/Mono

    Of course I had to mention THE "kissing disease!" Before you swap spit with the supposed "love of your life" be prepped for the possibility of sore throat, rash, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, and weakness.

    The odd part is, most of us already have EPV, we just don't get sick from it. Be sure you're ready to roll the dice.

  • 4

    Cold Sores

    Also known as "Type 1 Herpes," the stuff that causing this eye sores around the lips can be passed along by kissing. Don't shoot the messenger. Just trying to help.

  • 5

    Love

    Of course you could wind up not deathly ill. You could just fall in love. Then your entire lifestyle changes. Children enter the picture. You gain weight. Suddenly all of your money and independence is gone. While some find this idea fulfilling, you should still know that kissing could lead to a lifetime of ramifications. Be careful out there.