SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES: CANDIDIASIS

This infection is more commonly known as thrush or yeast or fungus infections. In females this infection causes a white, curd cheese-like vaginal discharge and itching, redness and tenderness of the vulva. The yeast organisms don’t survive well on the penis, so males don’t often get the infection. When they do, they are frequently asymptomatic. Male partners of women who are infected are often given treatment even when they don’t have symptoms. The yeast organisms may be introduced into the vagina by sexual contact, but a female may also develop the infection in other ways. Improper wiping after a bowel movement may bring yeasts living in the rectum into the vagina. Yeast organisms are apparently normal inhabitants of some females’ vaginas, but the acidity of the vagina keeps them in check so they don’t multiply and cause symptoms. Taking antibiotics, being pregnant and having diabetes changes the normal acidity of the vagina in some women, causing the yeast organisms to multiply and producing symptoms. Treatment is usually with special creams placed in the vagina. Though bothersome, yeast infections don’t usually lead to major medical problems and therefore aren’t considered as serious as some of the other STDs.

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