I have heard many sides to this tale. My main question is: Through unprotected sex, can a man give a woman a yeast infection or can a woman give a man a yeast infection. I have heard many sides, yes and No’s so I want to know the truth. My doctor said no unless the man is diabetic then I heard yes that a man could be a carrier for it but how? Could everyone just answer yes and no and an explanation. Thanks
YES, simplistically, men and women can transmit genital yeast infections to each other.
Lemme elaborate now…
It’s not news to anyone that women can get vaginal yeast infections. Duh. But yes, men can sometimes get genital yeast infections, too. It’s commonly called "jock itch" and there are some risk factors for it. Diabetes is one. Diabetics are more prone to yeast infections. Uncircumcised men (who don’t clean themselves properly!!!) are also more at risk because the yeast can get trapped under the prepuce and multiple. Yeast thrive in warm, moist environments, such as a smegma-stuffed foreskin. If a guy’s immune system is weak (from auto-immune disease or HIV infection), he is also likely to have yeast infections (on his genitals, or in his mouth).
If a guy does have a yeast infection, he can pass it to his girlfriend pretty easily if they have unprotected sex. It doesn’t usually do as well on a penis, but it can sure colonize happily in a vagina.
And if you were wondering what a yeast infection looks like on a man, it’s a reddish, itchy rash. It’s cured easily. Just wash with soap and water and use a little bit of anti-fungal cream or spray.
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