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Thrush is a yeast infection that is caused by a natural fungus in the body.

Thrush is not a sexually transmitted infection, but it can be passed on during sex.

STIs are usually passed on between people during sexual contact (although close contact may pass on some infections).


Thrush may cause severe itching, swelling and redness to the genital area.

More common in females.

Using soaps and shower gels can trigger thrush.

Testing and Treatments:

If you are aged 16 years or over and live in Lancashire (excluding Blackburn with Darwen), you can request a FREE bespoke STI postal testing kit.

Treatments can include tablets, creams and a pessary (a small, soluble block that is inserted into the vagina).

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