Your in­vis­i­ble risk fac­tor

Townsville Bulletin - - Your Health -

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

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