Can Urinary Tract Infections Be Transmitted Back and Forth Between Partners?

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The Doctors are joined by urologist Dr. Aaron Spitz to discuss urinary tract infections, and whether they can be passed between sexual partners, similar to a sexually transmitted disease.

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Dr. Spitz explains that a man cannot get a UTI from a woman and goes on to note that a UTI is an infection of the bladder and the bacteria from this infection typically stays in the bladder, even when having sex.

To avoid getting a UTI, Dr. Spitz recommends:

  • For women, he suggests urinating after having sex to wash out any bacteria that may have been introduced
  • Wipe from front to back after using the bathroom
  • For those prone to UTIs, Dr. Spitz says a preventive low-dose antibiotic could help

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While the bacteria of a urinary tract infection does not transmit during sexual activity, Dr. Spitz goes on to explain if you have gonorrhea or chlamydia that this type of bacteria can be easily transmitted between sexual partners.