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Urethritis

Inflammation of the urethra. The most common symptom is painful or difficult urination.

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Normally, bacteria that enter the urinary tract are rapidly removed by the body before they cause symptoms. However, sometimes bacteria overcome the body's natural defenses and cause infection. An infection in the urethra is called urethritis. NIH - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

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Strategies for partner notification for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

Sexually transmitted infections (STI) are a major global cause of acute illness, infertility and death. Every year there are an estimated 499 million new cases of the most common curable STIs (trichomoniasis, chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhoea), and between two and three million new cases of HIV. The presence of several STIs, including syphilis and herpes can increase the risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV.

Systematic review of the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of rapid point-of-care tests for the detection of genital chlamydia infection in women and men

Chlamydia is the most common sexually-transmitted infection in the world. Left untreated, chlamydia can cause epididymitis and urethritis in men, and cervicitis and urethritis in women, as well as potentially creating future fertility problems for women (e.g. ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease and tubal infertility). Yet, 50% of infected men and 70% of infected women do not experience symptoms of the infection.

Urinary Incontinence in Neurological Disease: Management of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction in Neurological Disease

The guideline covers adults and children (from birth) with lower urinary tract dysfunction resulting from neurological disease or injury.

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Strategies for partner notification for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

Sexually transmitted infections (STI) are a major global cause of acute illness, infertility and death. Every year there are an estimated 499 million new cases of the most common curable STIs (trichomoniasis, chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhoea), and between two and three million new cases of HIV. The presence of several STIs, including syphilis and herpes can increase the risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV.

Terms to know

Bacterial Infections
An acute infectious disorder caused by gram-positive or gram-negative bacteria.
Inflammation
Redness, swelling, pain, and/or a feeling of heat in an area of the body. This is a protective reaction to injury, disease, or irritation of the tissues.
Urethra
The tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body.
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
An illness caused by harmful bacteria growing in the urinary tract.

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Also called: Inflammation of urethra

See Also: Cystitis, Pyelonephritis

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Bacterial Infections, Inflammation, Urethra

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