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Oct 18, 2002

i read in one question you answered about urinary tract infections that if you are diagnosed with a uti you do not have any stds. is this true?

Response from Mr. Kull

Not necessarily. If a doctor diagnoses you with a urinary tract infection, that means that the causes of the infection are not technically categorized as a sexually transmitted infection. Gonorrhea and chlamydia should be ruled out as the causes of the infection; if one of these is the cause, your diagnosis should not be "UTI".

The most common cause of UTIs (they most commonly occur in women) is infection of the urinary tract with bacteria normally found in the gastrointestinal tract. Sexual activity can be one way these bacteria are introduced to the urethra, but it is not the only way.

Try not to get too wrapped up in these details. If a doctor diagnosed you with a UTI, ask her what she means by this. If you are concerned about the possible risk of infection with an STI, talk with your doctor.


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