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White blood cells

My question is if you are infected with a uti or std and you had your urine checked at a health centers lab would there be white blood cells present in the urine to show there is some type of infection present, especially in males.
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A urine check for white blood cells is not reliable either to diagnose any STD or to exclude one.  That, many men with such things as chlamydia, NGU, or gonorrhea have no WBCs in their urine; and when WBCs are present, they can indicate any of these, or other conditions.  But UTIs are rare in healthy, younger men.  (Most cases of apparent UTI in younger men probably are actually NGU or chlamydia that has been misdiagnosed.)

Bottom line: if your urine has WBCs, you need more testing to learn the cause.  If your urine has no WBCs, you still could be infected.  If you have reason to believe you are at risk for STD, you need specific testing.

Good luck--  HHH, MD
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