Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) or STD?

The symptoms of a UTI such as having to pee often, painful urination, or a sense of pressure in the abdomen can be similar to Chlamydia and/or Gonorrhea. The major difference is that UTIs do not cause vaginal discharge. Nevertheless, if you feel that you may be at risk for STDs it is better to be tested since STDs such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis can easily be cured when caught early.

If symptoms are mild and there is no discharge you can let the UTI run its course without antibiotics. You will need to increase your fluid intake to help flush out the bladder and urethra, and take pain relievers to help deal with any pain. In healthy women UTIs tend to resolve themselves within a week.

However, if symptoms last more than a couple of days, there is blood in your urine, you have a fever, or back pain, see a healthcare provider. This could be a sign of a more serious infection that would require antibiotics.