UTI or STI? How can I tell?
What's Inside ?
The common symptoms between UTI and STI mislead people to assume that they have a UTI when they have contracted an STI. This leads to women being prescribed unnecessary UTI treatment. STIs are treatable in initial stages, but if left untreated can result in a complicated treatment process and affect multiple organs.
Symptoms that may confuse a person between an STI and a UTI:
- Pain/burning sensation while urinating
- Increase in frequency of urination
- Smelly urine
- Dark coloured urine
- Unusual discharge
Symptoms commonly associated with STIs and NOT UTIs :
- Vaginal rash
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Bleeding between periods
- Swelling of joints
Symptoms commonly associated with UTIs and NOT STIs :
- Burning sensation while urinating
- Frequent urination
- Cloudy urine
- Pain in the lower abdomen
Since the mode of transmission for STI and UTI is different, this can also act as a clue to differentiate them.
If you have any symptoms associated with either STI or UTI, it is recommended that you consult a doctor to get yourself diagnosed and treated.