Chronic urinary tract infection (Chronic UTI) is a largely unrecognised condition that affects a significant percentage of the population. Of those living with a Chronic UTI, the majority are 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 20–30 percent of people treated for a normal, acute UTI fail that treatment and go on to develop a complicated, embedded infection that is extremely difficult to diagnose and treat.
This site contains information about Chronic UTI that will help you develop a good understanding of this condition. Once educated, we strongly encourage that you become proactive in your own health by asking questions, starting an open conversation and sharing information with your doctor about Chronic UTI.
A Chronic UTI develops when normal UTI bacteria evade immune or antibiotic attack and burrow into the bladder wall (urothelium) for safety. Once the bacteria become embedded within the cells of the urothelium, the infection becomes increasingly difficult to diagnose using current testing methods, and is challenging to treat. There is little to no acknowledgement or recognition of Chronic UTI in Australia, despite the impact being widespread. Read more about Chronic UTI
If you have UTI symptoms but your test results say otherwise, 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 undiagnosed Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS). Read more about UTI testing
The disturbing truth is if you do have a Chronic UTI, it is highly unlikely you will be treated, let alone accurately diagnosed, in Australia. It is a different story in the United Kingdom, where a world-leading specialist clinic is diagnosing and treating people with complicated urinary infections, like Chronic UTI, and having extremely successful patient outcomes. Read more about diagnosing and treating Chronic UTI