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J Infect Dis. 1997 Apr;175(4):989-92.

Transmission of uropathogens between sex partners.

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Department of Epidemiology, University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor 48109, USA.


Epidemiologic evidence and several case reports suggest that Escherichia coli causing urinary tract infection (UTI) may be transmitted between sex partners. In order to test this hypothesis, urinary, vaginal, and fecal E. coli isolates from 19 women with UTI were compared with E. coli found in random initial voids from their most recent male sex partner. E. coli was isolated from 4 of 19 male sex partners. In each case, the E. coli isolated from the man was identical by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and bacterial virulence profile to the urinary E. coli from his sex partner.

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