Can a man have a recurring urinary tract infection?

UTI

To prevent urinary tract infections go to the toilet as soon as you need to.

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What you need to know:

  • The most common route of infection for men is through unprotected sex with an infected partner.
  • Some people may have recurrent UTIs for no good reason.
  • For others it may be due to abnormalities in the structures of the urinary system.

Dr Flo,
I have a recurring urinary tract infection. Is it normal for a 23-year-old man?
Ken


Dear Ken,
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) happen either in the kidney, ureter, bladder or urethra. The most common route of infection for men is through unprotected sex with an infected partner. For this, it is advisable to get treatment quickly and to make sure your partner(s) is treated as well before resuming sexual contact. Otherwise, the infection will keep being transmitted back and forth, and recurrent or long-standing infections can lead to significant damage within the urinary system and/or the reproductive system like urethral stricture (narrowing or blockage of the urethra), epididymo-orchitis (inflammation within the testicles), kidney problems and even infertility.

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