White blood cells seen under a microscope in a urine sample from a person with a urinary tract infection
Early intervention is key to preventing chronic UTI
Urinary tract infections accounts for 1-3% of all GP appointments. Even for simple infections rates of recurrence are high:
- Around 20-30% of patients don’t get better with initial antibiotic treatment
- Up to 70% experience another UTI within a year.
Up to 1.6 million women in Britain suffer from chronic lower urinary tract symptoms. A significant number of men and children also suffer.
But NICE guidance does not exist for chronic UTI and there is no quality standard for recurrent UTI.
Negative dipstick tests and mid-stream specimens of urines and the failure of short courses of antibiotics are for many persistent UTI sufferers the first step to a diagnosis of interstitial cystitis, painful bladder syndrome, urethral syndrome or overactive bladder.
But numerous studies have shown dipsticks and MSUs to be unreliable. Burgeoning evidence suggests chronic lower urinary tract infections are caused by untreated bacterial infections – not inflammation.
Patients get stuck in a chronic UTI loop.
Chronic UTI guide
Our chronic UTI guide evidences the problems with testing and gives advice on how best to help patients.
All the information is based on the latest scientific research. We worked with specialists and GPs to make sure we got it right.
Chronic UTI GP information for GPs (opens as PDF)
Find the latest clinical research on chronic UTI.
About the Chronic Urinary Tract Infection Campaign – CUTIC
We work closely with healthcare professionals to help people affected by chronic UTI get diagnosed and then receive the best treatment and care.
We believe that chronic UTI sufferers deserve better testing and treatment that works. These goals shape our work:
- Raising awareness about chronic urinary tract infection
- Challenging current tests which fail to diagnose about half of UTIs
- Gaining recognition and proper treatment guidelines for chronic UTI
- Challenging the diagnosis of interstitial cystitis, painful bladder syndrome and urethral syndrome
- Making effective specialist treatment for chronic UTI available to all.
If you’d like to get involved with our work or have feedback on our chronic UTI guide please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
"I was told that I had interstitial cystitis and that all they could do was manage my symptoms. This procedure made my condition far, far worse than I was able to cope with. In time, I lost my identity, my job and all of my confidence."
"This treatment, as clichéd as it sounds, has given me my life back. Having to plan trips and paths around toilet locations is incredibly draining, especially for somebody deemed to be in the prime of life."