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    Is thrush contagious?

    I went to my GP yesterday and he told me i have thrush. Can i have sex with my boyfriend or are you able to pass thrush from one person to another?
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  • Women's Health Queensland Wide provides free health information for Queensland women. View Profile

    Vaginal thrush is a common infection caused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans yeast. This yeast lives naturally in the bowel and in small numbers in the vagina. It is mostly harmless, but symptoms can develop if yeast numbers increase.
    You can still have sex when you have vaginal thrush. However, it can be uncomfortable and you may experience a burning sensation during or after sex. Use plenty of lubricant to protect your skin. Thrush is not a sexually transmissible infection (STI), but male partners can sometimes get redness and irritation after sex. The treatment for thrush can weaken condoms so apply the treatment after you have had sex
    Brenda
    Women’s Health Educator
    Health Information Line, Women’s Health Queensland Wide

    Women living in Queensland can also call our Health Information Line - a free information and referral service for Queensland women - on 3839 9988 or 1800 017 676 (toll free outside Brisbane).

    Please note that all health information provided by Women’s Health Queensland Wide is subject to this disclaimer

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