Which patient groups have the highest prevalence of urethritis?

Updated: Dec 12, 2018
  • Author: Martha K Terris, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Urethritis has no racial predilection. However, persons of low socioeconomic class are affected more often than persons of higher socioeconomic class.

Urethritis has no sexual predilection; however, data may be skewed because urethritis is underrecognized in women. Up to 75% of females with the condition can be asymptomatic or may instead present with cystitis, vaginitis, or cervicitis. [7] Homosexual males are at a greater risk for urethritis than are heterosexual males or females in general.

Urethritis may occur in any sexually active person, but incidence is highest among people aged 20-24 years.


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