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Vaginal bacteria can trigger recurrent UTIs, study shows | Center for Women's Infectious Disease Research

Vaginal bacteria can trigger recurrent UTIs, study shows

Findings help explain UTI link to sexual activity

About half of all women will experience urinary tract infections in their lifetimes, and despite treatment, about a quarter will develop recurrent infections within six months of initial infection.

A new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has uncovered a trigger of recurrent UTI infections: a type of vaginal bacteria that moves into the urinary tract.

The research, in mice, is published March 30 in PLOS Pathogens.

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