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A 58-year-old female asked:

How do you get a urine infection? could a partner give it to you? i have to take a drug called sulfamethoxazole tmp ds twice a day. iam scared to take it because of the side effects.

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Dr. Joseph Jeu
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Urinary : Urinary tract infections are very common in women due to their short urethra. It is most common when they are sexually active, or delay urination (such as with teachers) when they shouldn't have. Remember always urinate after sex first, then cuddle. The drug you mention is a sulfa antibiotic which is commonly used for treatment of uti's. It is very safe and very effective. Hope that helps.
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
UTI treatment: Urinary tract infections are extremely common; most women experience UTI at one time or another. The bacteria are normal in the rectum and nearby. Sex can start a UTI by massaging bacteria into the urethra, but it's not an STD (nothing you catch from a partner). Take the SMX/TMP as directed; it is very safe. The danger of untreated UTI is far higher (on rare occations, death) than from the drug.
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Last updated Mar 13, 2020

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