It's possible for a man to contract a genital yeast infection
if he has unprotected sexual intercourse with a partner who has a genital yeast infection. However, just because you have a yeast infection doesn't mean he will get one too. Sexual transmission of yeast infections
Many people are under the impression that only women get genital yeast infections, but men get them too. Prolonged antibiotic use increases the risk of a yeast infection. Also, men with diabetes
or impaired immune systems, such as those with HIV
, are more susceptible to yeast infections.
Signs and symptoms of a male yeast infection include a reddish rash
, itching or burning at the tip of the penis. Fortunately, most male yeast infections are easily treated with an over-the-counter anti fungal treatment, such as Monistat (yes, men can use it too). Apply the medication directly to the affected skin twice daily for a week. If the rash doesn't go away, or if it recurs frequently, consult your doctor.
If you and your partner have symptoms of genital yeast infection, it's important that you both be treated. Otherwise, you may keep reinfecting each other. Also, it's generally recommended that you refrain from sexual contact until all signs and symptoms of the infection are gone.