Candida/thrush is a yeast infection of the skin. The yeast likes warm, moist places so candida often affects the vagina and mouth but can appear in other places. You can get candida through sex. However, candida is not always sexually transmitted. It can also be caused by stress, bad hygiene or washing with strong soaps. Antibiotics can also cause candida as they can kill good bacteria and allow candida yeast to grow. If left untreated, candida becomes very painful. Candida can cause serious illness for people with HIV. So, its important to go to clinic for tests and treatment IMMEDIATELY-only health workers can diagnose candida.

Attribution: Straight Talk Foundation & Marie Stopes

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