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Are Yeast Infections Sexually Transmitted?

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Question: Are Yeast Infections Sexually Transmitted?
Yeast infections are the result of an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans, which naturally occurs in the vagina. When the fungus overgrows and a yeast infection occurs, the symptoms can be redness in the vulva and vagina, a white discharge, often described as being "cottage cheese like" and itchiness.
Answer: Certain medications, such as antibiotics, hormonal changes, poor diet and diseases such as HIV/AIDS and diabetes can all lead to an overgrowth of yeast and a yeast infection. Yeast infections can be transmitted sexually, but according to the National Women's Health Information Center, that is rare.

Although yeast infections are not likely to be sexually transmitted, you might not feel like you want to have sex when you have a yeast infection because of the redness and irritation.

There are many over-the-counter treatments for yeast infections, but unless you are certain that is what you have, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis, as you could have another, more serious infection.

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