Can you get mono from just a peck? I kissed someone whose lips were wet during the kiss and licked my lips afterward. – Raye* Yes, it is possible to get mono from just a quick peck on the lips. That's because the virus is carried in saliva (spit). It can spread through any contact with saliva — even from sharing forks, spoons, drinking straws, cups, or lip balm and lipstick. If you kissed or shared a drink with someone who has mono, it doesn't mean you will get it. But the virus is contagious, so it's a good idea to avoid kissing or sharing utensils or cosmetics with anyone who's sick, recently had mono, or may have it now. Note: People can pass mono to others before they know they have it, and even someone who had it a long time ago might spread it, so mono can be hard to avoid. If you do get symptoms of mono — such as fever, sore throat, and tiredness — call your doctor. *Names have been changed to protect user privacy. Back to Articles Related Articles Mononucleosis (Mono) It's sometimes called "the kissing disease," but kissing is just one of the ways that someone can catch mono. Read More How Is Mono Spread? Find out what the experts have to say. Read More How Long Is Mono Contagious? If someone gets mono, the virus stays in that person's body for life. The virus may surface from time to time and possibly infect someone else. Here are the facts on how mono works. Read More Can a Person Get Mono More Than Once? Find out what the experts have to say. Read More Can I Drink Alcohol If I Have Mono? Find out what the experts have to say. Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.