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Urinary Tract Infections

Cystitis, Urethritis, bladder infections, and other urinary tract infections are infections, usually bacterial, of the urinary tract that cause painful frequent urination, lower abdominal pain, or pain during intercourse. UTIs primarily affect women because of their relatively short urinary tract. However, men may also get UTIs.

Some UTIs are sexually transmitted or at least caused by vigorous or repeated intercourse. Simple hygiene rules can minimize the risk of infection, including wiping from front to back after defecation, keeping the urethra, vaginal and anal areas clean, urinating when the urge is felt rather than waiting for a long time, urinating immediately after intercourse and drinking fluids to keep the urine diluted and urinary tract flushed.
UTIs are usually treated with sulfa drugs or an antibiotic, and often respond within 48 hours. Intercourse must be avoided until the UTI is cured.

Non-Gonococcal Urethritis

Non-Gonococcal Urethritis is an inflammation of the male urethra that is not caused by gonorrhea. It is similar to a UTI, and medical attention should be sought.