So how do I decrease my chances of catching Mononucleosis?

Epstein–Barr virus
Mononucleosis is spread through saliva and mucus. You can help prevent getting the virus by not by not sharing:

• Toothbrushes
• Food
• Dishes
• Glasses and utensils
• Chapped lip aids and lip sticks
• Sport and other water bottles.

Helping to insure a healthy immune system is also very important in case you come in contact with this virus. You can help your immune system by making sure you are getting rest and decreasing stress. The age mostly affected have a lot of stress due to major life changes. Talk about your stress load to your parents, school officials, coaches, and campus health centers to help decrease and or resolve some of these stressors. Maintain a healthy diet. And exercise.


Cytomegalovirus
Human cytomegalovirus (CMV), another type of herpes virus is found in body fluids including saliva, urine, blood, and tears. A person becomes infected with this virus by direct contact with infected body fluids. Cytomegalovirus is most commonly transmitted through kissing and sexual intercourse. Use of condoms is important to help prevent transmission of CMV. Also maintaining a healthy immune system by decreasing stress, proper diet, and rest will help. Once a person becomes infected with cytomegalovirus, the virus stays in his/her body fluids throughout his or her lifetime.

Remember to not drink after others, use lip glosses or chapped lip relievers. Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing and stay away from those that don’t.

It is important to remember to not push your body. You will be tired, so rest!

It is very important to remember to go to the emergency room or call 911 if any difficulty breathing occurs.

 
Source: U.S Food and Drug Administration | Mayo Clinic Health Letter | American Medical Association