A urinary tract infection is usually caused by bacteria entering the bladder and can cause infection in any portion of the urinary tract (bladder and/or kidneys). In women, the urethra is short and bacteria from the vagina and rectum can easily enter the urinary tract. Diarrhea, sexual activity, and wiping with toilet tissue from back to front can transfer bacteria into the urethra. In men, the urethra is long and bacteria are less likely to enter the urinary tract.
A urinary tract infection is not considered a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). The bacteria that cause it are different from bacteria that cause sexually transmitted diseases. However, some urinary tract infections may result from sexual activity and some sexually transmitted infections can cause urinary symptoms. So, always get checked out.
*Indicates a more serious infection
NOTE: Do not take any antibiotics before visiting a health care professional; doing so will make diagnosis more difficult.
NOTE: If you use over the counter urinary pain relievers this will NOT cure an infection. It only numbs the pain. You still need to consult a Health Care Provider.
Call University Health Center (434)395-2102) or Urgent Care/Emergency Department if UHC Closed:
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