Is Candida Yeast Contagious?

Contagiousness of Candida Related Complex 
Candida Related Complex (CRC) is not considered a contagious condition. However the genital yeast can be contagious.
Genital Yeast  

Genital yeast can be passed back and forth in the form of vaginal or bladder yeast problems through sexual contact or use of contaminated towels. Using vinegar to wash intimate laundry can help to kill yeast on the fabric and condoms can help prevent sexual transmission.
 Oral to genital transmission is theoretically possible.


If a man has genital yeast, it may be less evident than with a woman but  redness, a rash, a discharge or bladder irritation may be experienced. An MD can do a swab for a man as he can for a woman.

Transmitting Systemic Yeast/Fungus  

Even the healthiest of us naturally host some candida albicans and other yeast in their cellular form (not the fungal form as in the case of CRC.) Both cellular and fungal overgrowth conditions only occur under certain conditions. Immune weakness, drug treatment, diet, lifestyle, etc can create conditions that allow pathogenic yeast like candida to thrive.


I'm not aware of actual research that offers objective insights into the issue of whether or not candida related complex (CRC or sometimes called 'systemic' because symptoms are evident in various organ systems) is a contagious condition.


I am not qualified to make a medical or scientific observation but I do not believe that cellular yeast present in mouth or genitals of someone with CRC would pass to another person through oral contact unless that person is already suffering from CRC. One  In the case that both people are ill, it's still questionable whether sharing a few yeast cells orally is going to make much of a difference in the overall level of health. Certainly it seems unlikely that CRC as a condition cannot be transmitted.

A strong body equals resilience

An individual’s total inner health is often referred to as their body’s “terrain”. If the terrain is strong and healthy, then pathogens like candida yeast will not be able to take over. When your body is cleared of candida overgrowth and your health is back in balance, your capacity to be affected through exposure to yeast is diminished.



Here is a link to a related discussion on the forum that some of you may find helpful.



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