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Is UTI contagious?

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Posted on Tue, 1 Dec 2015
Question: Is a uti contagious from man to woman? my girlfriend went to the doc and has a uti. Could I have given it to her or her to me? She had fever and back pain and I have no symptoms.
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Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert (40 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
UTI is not transmitted

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for contacting HCM with your XXXXXXX care concerns

Your girlfriend was recently diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. This condition is not transmitted from person to person but sex can cause a UTI. Just the physical act of intercourse can introduce bacteria into the bladder. Many women get urinary tract infection during their honeymoon for this very reason. The best preventive is for your girlfriend to urinate after engaging in sex. If she gets frequent UTIs she may need to be started on antibiotics daily or just after having sex.

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Dr. Ronald Schubert

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Is UTI contagious?

Brief Answer: UTI is not transmitted Detailed Answer: Thanks for contacting HCM with your XXXXXXX care concerns Your girlfriend was recently diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. This condition is not transmitted from person to person but sex can cause a UTI. Just the physical act of intercourse can introduce bacteria into the bladder. Many women get urinary tract infection during their honeymoon for this very reason. The best preventive is for your girlfriend to urinate after engaging in sex. If she gets frequent UTIs she may need to be started on antibiotics daily or just after having sex. I hope I answered your question. Please contact us again if you have any additional questions.