Good day, Eric Bakker, naturopath, author of Candida Crusher with another frequently asked question.
What is the difference between a yeast infection and an STD?
An STD is a sexually transmitted disease. Well, there are quite a few differences between both of these problems. An STD is generally a disease transmitted between two people through sexual contact: oral sex, anal sex, straight sex, whatever sex you want to call it. Sometimes in rare cases, STDs can be transferred through needle sharing, although in more rare situations.
Yeast infections can be sexually transmitted. Don’t ever doubt that. But everybody will contain in their bodies, in the digestive system, females in the vaginal area they will have yeast to some degree. And it’s when these yeast get out of hand that you’re going to get an infection. Particularly, when they proliferate or if they’re exacerbated through antibiotic use, which is a very common cause of yeast infections, is taking antibiotics.
So there is a difference between a yeast infection and an STD, but STDs are not yeast infections, generally, in terms of only being transmitted sexually, where sexually transmitted diseases are transmitted sexually like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea and Syphilis. These diseases are transmitted through the sexual route.
You can read a lot more about the different types of STDs in my book. In fact, I’ve drawn you a big diagram showing you all the different sexually transmitted diseases, the discharge, the irritation, whether they itch, what odors they have, and I’ve compared those with a yeast infection to give you a good comparison.
A very common thing that many women have is bacterial vaginosis, which they confuse for a yeast infection. So it’s good for you to know the difference between a yeast infection and Chlamydia, for example, or Gonorrhea because these diseases do resurface from time and time again.
Is there a difference? Yes, there is a difference between them both. But a yeast infection can be transmitted sexually, but is not a sexually transmitted disease per se.
So I hope that answers your question. Thank you.