Chronic urinary tract infection (chronic UTI) is a largely unrecognised condition that affects many people, with the majority being women. Most will never receive an accurate diagnosis or appropriate treatment for their condition. In recent developments, the NHS website in the United Kingdom now acknowledges chronic UTI as a new category of UTI. You can read more here.
Anyone can develop a chronic UTI and researchers say the biggest risk factor is having had a UTI. Between 25–35 percent of people treated for a normal, acute UTI fail that treatment and many go on to develop a complicated, embedded infection that is more difficult to diagnose and treat.
This site contains information about chronic UTI that will help you understand this condition. Once educated, we encourage you to become proactive in your own health by asking questions, starting an open conversation with your doctor and sharing information about chronic UTI.
A chronic UTI develops when normal UTI bacteria evade immune or antibiotic attack and burrow into the bladder wall (urothelium) for safety. Once the bacteria become embedded within the cells of the urothelium, the infection becomes increasingly difficult to diagnose using current testing methods, and is challenging to treat. There is little to no acknowledgement or recognition of chronic UTI in Australia, despite the impact being widespread. Read more about chronic UTI
The answer is, YES! If you have UTI symptoms but your test results come back negative, you have good reason to question these tests. Current gold standard UTI testing is being used for a purpose it was not originally designed for. Inadequate testing could be a major underlying contributor to the development of chronic UTI and other undiagnosed Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS). Read more about UTI testing
If you live in Australia and you suspect you have a chronic UTI, it’s highly unlikely you will be accurately diagnosed, let alone receive appropriate treatment. However, the good news is a growing number of proactive and educated Australians are now being diagnosed and properly treated for chronic UTI. Read more about how they are doing this.
Many people diagnosed and successfully treated for a chronic UTI were first diagnosed with a urinary syndrome. Read more about common chronic UTI symptoms that are overlooked due to negative UTI tests.
You’re not alone! There’s a whole online community out there researching and discussing chronic UTI, and supporting each other around the clock.
Check our FAQ section for a current list of online chronic UTI groups, websites and other resources we know about.
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