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Do I have a urinary tract infection or an STD?

  • std
  • chlamydia
  • urinary tract infection
  • uti

Question:

"Can an STD cause a UTI or mimic symptoms?"

- Anonymous

Response:

This is a great question. A Urinary tract infection can often have symptoms that are similar to chlamydia or other STDs. The only way to know for sure if you have a UTI or an STD is to get tested for STDs and look over the results. If you look up a list of symptoms online and try to determine what's ailing you, it will be nearly impossible for you to determine if you have a UTI or an STD.

Urinary tract infections are more common in women than men. They are an infection that can be present in any part of the urinary system. More often than not, the lower urinary tract is infected. The lower urinary tract contains the urethra and the bladder. In some cases, the infection can spread to the kidneys. 

You get a urinary tract infection when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and start to multiply in the bladder. Many different types of bacteria can cause a UTI, but e. coli is most often found to be the culprit. 

Chlamydia is the most common STD in the United States and it has symptoms that are similar to a UTI. Some of the notably similar symptoms are pain during urination and pain in the lower abdominal area. If you have an abnormal discharge, though, this can be a dead giveaway that you are experiencing an STD and not a UTI. However, if you need to urinate more often than you're used to or notice that your urine is cloudy in appearance or darker in color than it used to be, this is a sign that you are dealing with a UTI.

If you have some or any of these symptoms, it is important to make an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor will be able to run a number of diagnostic tests to determine exactly what kind of infection you are dealing with.


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