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“Can I take a swig of that?” -Random guy at a party

“Can I hit your Juul?” –Nicotine-addicted eighteen-year-old at a party


Sharing drinks and vapes have become extremely common at parties. We’ve all been guilty of seeing an interesting drink and asking “Ooohh, that looks good! Can I try?” The problem with this is that many diseases and illnesses are spread from saliva and a vape or the rim of a cup can easily carry the fun stuff that comes with it.


There are plenty of diseases that can be caught through saliva but we’ll just go over more common, well-known ones. Below are the some of the most common illnesses you can contract from sharing saliva:

  1. Rhinovirus (colds)

  2. The Flu

  3. Strep Throat

  4. Mumps

  5. Mononucleosis (Mono)

  6. Herpes Simplex (Cold Sores)

On the bright side, HIV is NOT transmittable through saliva.


Moral of the story is: even though you think that your friend or random stranger looks clean, do NOT share drinks or your vape with them, because many people have these diseases/illnesses and most of the time they aren’t even aware of it themselves (or are too careless to tell someone that they’re the host of an infection).







Elisa DeHoyos

PS Behrend '19

My name is Eilsa DeHoyos.  I'm 21 years old and I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I'm double majoring in International Business and Marketing. I enjoy my pet ferret Nala, eating ice cream and hanging out with friends. I like to write about a variety of topics. ❤️
Alex Mozes

PS Behrend '20

Alex Mozes Senior at Penn State Behrend Mechanical Engineering Technology Major President of Tone-Acious: The Behrend Acapella Group Treasurer of HerCampus Behrend Chapter Tutor for Writing, Physics, and Solid Modeling
Andrea Gáez

PS Behrend '19

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