UTIs vs STIsMaria Bettina
February 28, 2023
Sometimes you might find yourself wondering if you have a UTI or an STI, as they have quite similar symptoms.
First things first, what is an STI?
STI’s are sexually transmitted infections. There are multiple different types of STIs, some are caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites. Some STIs can cause burning whilst peeing which is what often gets confused with a UTI.
What is a UTI? A UTI is an infection in the urinary system (kidneys, bladders, urethra and ureters). People with vulvas are at higher risk for UTIs than penis owners. How do you know if it's a UTI or an STI?
If you have any symptoms regardless if you think it's a UTI or STI, go speak to your doctor ASAP.
However, if you have any of the following symptoms then it might be more likely to be an STI:
Abnormal discharge Pain during sex Itches Blisters or rash around your genitals Heavy or painful periods
It’s more likely to be a UTI if:
Burning whilst urinating No discharge Pelvic pain Frequent peeing
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