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Recurrent/Chronic UTIs

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. 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.

Can I still have a UTI if my test in negative ? 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 bladder conditions such as Bladder pain syndrome. 

There are no guidelines in Australia on how to treat chronic UTI.  Potential treatment options include long-term antibiotic therapy, Hiprex, urinary bacteriotherapy, Vaginal oestrogen cream, urinary vaccines, and other alternative treatments. If you are not quite emptying your bladder for different reasons, addressing this can help reduce infections