HIV/AIDS Glossary

Candidiasis

Synonym(s): Yeast Infection

A fungal infection caused by overgrowth of the yeast Candida (usually Candida albicans) in moist areas of the body. Candidiasis can affect the mucous membranes of the mouth, vagina, and anus. In people with HIV, candidiasis of the bronchi, trachea, lungs, or esophagus is an AIDS-defining condition.

Related Term(s): AIDS-Defining Condition, Opportunistic Infection

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