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Genital yeast infections in men

Apr 7, 1999

Can a man get a yeast infection?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Thank you for your question.

Genital yeast infections can sometimes occur in men, but they are much less common than genital yeast infections in women.

Genital yeast infections in men can sometimes occur through unprotected vaginal intercourse. Infection through anal intercourse and oral sex has been suggested, but proof of transmission through anal and oral sex is lacking. In comparison, genital yeast infections in women are not usually acquired through sexual contact.

It has been suggested that symptomatic yeast infections in men tend to occur more frequently in males who have not been circumcised. However, whether a man is circumcised or not, overall, symptoms from genital yeast infections in males are relatively rare. If symptoms occur at all in men, they include itching and irritation on the head of the penis. If a man does have these symptoms, they are treatable with topical antifungal agents. Treatment is not usually necessary in men who do not have any noticeable symptoms.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).

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