If you have genital candidiasis you might be wondering if you have a sexually transmitted disease. Yeast infections can share some similar symptoms with other diseases through sexual intercourse, such as Gonorrhea or Chlamydia, but that is as far as the similarities go.
A yeast infection is not an STD – sexually transmitted disease.
It is important to understand certain aspects about a yeast infection so that you are not only aware of what is going on in your body, but also so you can identify the problem.
You should always seek a diagnosis, as it is extremely difficult to self-diagnose, such as in the case of a vaginal yeast infection.
Are Yeast Infections Contagious?
Yeast exists within our bodies. So, if you are suffering from a yeast infection it probably started with you.
Certain factors can certainly cause a problem, including the clothes you wear, the foods you eat and your personal hygiene can really have a big impact on how much yeast is ‘allowed’ to grow in or on your body, due to an imbalance.
- As far as being contagious, if you are sexually active, your partner can also contract an infection.
- Having an infection, is NOT having or acquiring a sexually transmitted ‘disease’. A yeast infection is not a disease, it is an infection.
This is not an absolute, as many people are not infected at all and some people have never had an infection. Others may suffer with recurring yeast infections on a constant basis.
Yeast loves areas such as the vagina, which is warm and dark. If the growth of yeast isn’t kept in check by the essential bacteria found within the vaginal area, then we wind up with a Candida overgrowth, which is what causes yeast infections.
There are factors which can make the process of flourishing much easier for yeast, and some of these factors you do have control over.
- Washing your private areas with scented soaps, or using douches can upset the natural cleansing system designed by nature, so be careful how you clean this area and don’t douche – it kills bacteria that your body needs.
- Scented feminine hygiene products can also cause yeast infections
- Sexual intercourse with someone who has a yeast infection might cause a yeast infection
- Wearing tight clothing, pantyhose and non-cotton panties might also cause yeast infections.
So, Is It An STD?
The short answer is no. While you might be able to get a yeast infection from your partner if they have a yeast infection, it is still not considered to be an STD because the cause of most yeast infections lies within your own body’s inability to fight the excess yeast growth.
There are other symptoms similar to a yeast infection, such as bacterial vaginosis. So again, please get a diagnosis from your doctor.
The bottom line for any yeast infection is that you should make sure to have safe sex or abstain until your infection is cleared up. If, after trying any yeast infection treatments it hasn’t gone or become worse, then seek medical attention again. You could be dealing with a recurring yeast infection or another condition that needs to be treated.
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