Study Absolves Men In Yeast Infections

When women get yeast infections, men often get the blame. Males aren't immune to pesky species of fungus, and some experts assume they unknowingly transmit the disease to their wives and girlfriends. But a new study suggests the situation isn't so simple. Researchers found no direct connection between male sex partners and yeast infections in women, even if the men themselves were infected, too. "This is a pretty good study for men," says study co-author Dr. Barbara Reed, a professor of medicine at the University of Michigan. "They've been getting a bum rap suggesting they were responsible for these recurrences, and it doesn't look to be the case." Men aren't entirely off the hook, however. Females who engaged in sex acts involving saliva -- their own or their partner's -- were more likely to get infected repeatedly.

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