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How common is thrush?

Thrush (also called candidiasis) is more of a problem for women, who can give it to the men they have sex with. Gay men can get it, but it’s rare unless you have untreated HIV. If you’re positive and on treatment with an undetectable viral load then thrush shouldn’t affect you more than any other guy.

What causes thrush?

Thrush usually happens when too much of your body’s own natural fungus grows in your mouth or on your cock, and sometimes in your arse. Sometimes it’s sexually transmitted but often it occurs on its own.

What are the symptoms of thrush?

There may be no symptoms, but there could be:

  • itching and a rash or inflammation
  • pain during sex or when pissing
  • sticky white patches on your skin or in your mouth
  • redness and soreness in or around your arse or cock.

How is thrush passed on?

Through unprotected:

  • fucking or being fucked
  • fingering.

There’s a small risk from sucking or being sucked.

How is thrush prevented?

Using a condom prevents contact with the infected area.

Don’t touch the affected part of someone else’s body if they have thrush, or the affected part of your own body if you have it.

How is thrush treated?

It can be treated with anti-fungal creams or tablets.

If you have thrush any regular partner(s) should be checked. They could have it without showing symptoms and give it back to you.

Last review: 09/11/2018
Next review: 09/11/2021