Medical Q&As

UTI - treated but no better?

I experienced mild pain when peeing so went to the doctor. I was told that I had a (UTI) urinary tract infection. I took the antibiotics that were prescribed for me but the problem hasnít gone away five days after completing the course. Can I automatically assume that I have an STD or could it still be a UTI?

It is not unusual for a urinary tract infection to persist despite taking a course of antibiotics. Infection can persist if the infecting organism is resistant to the particular antibiotic being used. Therefore it is reasonable to assume that your persistent symptoms are due to urinary tract infection. However, if you have recently engaged in unprotected intercourse and are concerned that you might have an STD then you should bring that concern to the attention of your GP. Symptoms of STD and UTI can be similar.