Is a sexually transmitted yeast infection making people mentally ill?

A sexually transmitted yeast infection has been linked to schizophrenia in men and also appears to damage the memory of mentally ill women, according to new research.

The Candida albicans fungus is usually present in the human digestive tract, but if it grows to much it can cause burning, itching, thrush in infants, and a genital infection in adults.

The study found 26 per cent of 261 men with schizophrenia were producing immune-system antibodies designed to fight a Candida infection, compared to 14 per cent of those without the condition.

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Damn I reposed this :frowning:

Maybe look at my thread for more commentary?

From your article: “we cannot demonstrate a direct link between Candida infection and physiological brain processes”

Can we stop with the whole, “Yeast infections are an STD and cause schizophrenia” thing already?

Gosh darn those slutty babies.


Well I was a virgin until I got married at 29 years old.
But I got sick at 18. So that theory didn’t hold for me. :wink:

From a more scientifically respected source see also

From the interview with the lead researcher that @firemonkey linked:

[quote] Is there anything else you would like to add?

Dr. Severance: This paper has received some press attention suggesting that these yeast infections are only those that are sexually transmitted and this implication is incorrect. Candida albicans is a normal component of the human body microbiome and a Candida yeast infection very often reflects an imbalance of the body’s own microbial community.

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The actual research