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Vaginal Yeast Infections

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Vaginal yeast infections (candidiasis) cause a thick white coating in your vulva and vagina. It happens when candida, a fungus that is normally found in the body, grows too much in these areas. It also can happen in your mouth and throat, and is called thrush. Symptoms include a thick, white discharge, pain during sex, pain when you pass urine, and vaginal burning and soreness. Treatment is usually with creams or suppositories, which you can buy in the drug store or get from your doctor. If this treatment doesn't work, there are pills, like fluconazole (Diflucan) or ketoconazole (Nizoral) that will treat the infection. Vaginal yeast infections are common and easily treated in most women, but happen more often and are harder to treat in women with HIV.

Tips to prevent vaginal yeast infections:

  • Don't use douches, perfumed vaginal sprays, or other scented products that irritate the vagina.
  • Wear cotton underpants and pantyhose with a cotton crotch to help keep the genital area ventilated.
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