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Thrush In Healthy Adults

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Candidiasis (Thrush)

The Bottom Line Candidiasis is a very common yeast (fungal) infection. The fungus normally lives in the body. It cannot be eliminated. The best way to avoid an outbreak of candidiasis is to strengthen your immune system by taking antiretroviral medications (ARVs). Most candida infections are easily treated with local therapies. In people with weakened immune systems, these infections become more persistent. Systemic anti-fungal drugs can be...
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thrush healthy

If your healthy are you still able to get thrush?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Occasionally some otherwise healthy patients can get thrush when taking an antibiotic which can suppress normal bacteria.... Read more »

lesbians and the connection between oral and vaginal thrush

I am a female who has been married to a male for a number of years. Two weeks ago I started a relationship with another woman. We had a very passionate w'end together which involved a lot of oral sex. My girlfriend ended up with vaginal...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Thrush (oral candidiasis) is not common in healthy adults. Someone who is not immune compromised is unlikely to experience thrush. Candida, the fungus that causes candidiasis, normally exists in a person's mouth but is kept under control by... Read more »

Please, Oral Thrush is Killing me!

Hello.I'm 23, and 6 months ago I had protected sex with a prostitute. I had a negative Elisa at 2 months.At 2.5 months I had oral thrush that hasn't gone yet. I used Nystatine and Miconazole, and all goes OK until I finish the...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
It is unlikely that you are infected with HIV. A negative test four months after exposure (and well after you first manifested symptoms of thrush) means that you are not infected with HIV. It is highly unlikely that you would have been infected when... Read more »

my doctor says i have thrush but not HIV

Hello, i would be very very greatful for a reply.Almost one year ago i had a negative HIV test almost ten months after the last time i had unprotected sex with a guy. About 2.5 months ago my tongue got very sore and tingly especially when i eat...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Thrush (oral candidiasis) is not common in healthy adults. Someone who is not immune compromised is unlikely to experience thrush. Candida, the fungus that causes candidiasis, normally exists in a person's mouth but is kept under control by... Read more »
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Thrush

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I was recently diagnosed with Thrush. My last possible exposure was 6 months ago. Can thrush show this early

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Question about thrush

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello all,

I have a question about thrush, can it be caused do to your immune system being weakened by stress? Stress such as worrying if one has HIV? I ask this because I got tested for HIV twice, and both times the tests came back negative (this... Read more »

Oral Thrush

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Is it normal for someone who could possibly be having symptomes of a recent infection (due to having sex with someone of unknown status) have a burning tong and lips due to oral thrush without having the creamy white patches? Are patches supposed... Read more »

Thrush and other questions

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I had a low risk exposure (receiving oral sex and fingering with broken skin). About two weeks later I started getting severe joint pain. I wasn't even thinking about HIV as I thought I was not exposed. However my wife developed thrush at week 4.... Read more »