A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is an infection in any part of your urinary tract system. This could be in your kidneys, bladder or urethra.
UTIs cause more than 8 million visits to health care providers each year.
UTIs occur mostly in women. About 50 percent of all females get a UTI during their lifetime and about 1 in 5 young women who get a UTI will have another UTI at some point. Men are generally less likely to get a UTI compared to women. But if a man gets a UTI, he’s also more likely to get another one because bacteria can hide inside a man’s prostate.