Your invisible risk factor
AROUND eight million Australians are infected with a common parasite that makes women more attractive and men more stupid, new research has revealed.
The Toxoplasma gondii parasite is common to 40 per cent of the world’s population and has long been thought to have no affect on healthy people.
But new research by the Sydney University of Technology found that the parasite affected men and women in different ways.
Infected men were more anti-social, less educated, had lower IQs and were deemed less attractive to women.
Infected women, on the other hand, were more friendly, outgoing, promiscuous and attractive to men than non-infected women.
There are other serious side-effects to the parasite, which can be dangerous to pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.
PROTOZOA . . . toxoplasma gondii
can alter sexual behaviour