Naga Munchetty forced to correct herself after on-air slip-up about ‘STI struggle’

Naga Munchetty says STI instead of UTI by mistake

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Naga Munchetty, 46, focused a large segment of her radio show on BBC Radio 5 Live today on UTIs, leaning on her own experiences. While talking about the matter, the BBC presenter accidentally slipped up on her words, confusing STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) with UTI.

I struggled with an STI… a UTI sorry.

Naga Munchetty

Naga, speaking to a specialist on her show said: “Do you think the industry has changed?

“I mean, when I struggled with an STI… a UTI sorry, many years ago I was very frustrated at how my symptoms were received and I was passed off with using over the counter things.

“This was until I got an antibiotic which did work for me but I felt as if I was going up against a brick wall and had to prove that I had been in pain for a long time before I was given an alternative.”

Naga was speaking to a number of specialists as well as individuals who have suffered with serious UTIs that lead to a chronic infection.

Thousands of women are suffering with life-changing chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs) that can last for months or even years due to failures in diagnosis and treatment, according to i News.

For many patients who develop a UTI, their experience is extremely painful but short-lived.

However, doctors say that for thousands of others, a one-off attack can turn into a chronic infection that dominates their lives.

According to Dr Catriona Anderson, who runs a specialist UTI clinic in Stoke, more than 50 per cent of women get a UTI during their lifetime with 20 per cent going on to develop another infection.

In total, an estimated 2.4 per cent of women experience recurring problems in the United Kingdom.

Dr Anderson said that the condition could be “life crushing” and that patients are “being let down” by the dipsticks tests used to detect urinary tract infections and short three-day courses of antibiotics given.

She said: “The only patients who seem to make it through these hurdles, which are set way too high, are the patients who either haven’t really had a UTI before or very rarely get UTIs.”

Naga has been open in the past about her own distressing experiences with the NHS, including when she had an IUD removed after one year.

In August this year Naga opened up about her experience in her column with Refinery 29.

She penned: “I fainted twice. At the follow-up appointment a week later, my GP, who is really great, said she couldn’t believe that I had stuck with it.

“[My GP] said, ‘Most women just give up when it hurts that much.’

“She also said that she felt terrible after my fitting.”

Naga continued: “Though they did ask if we should stop, no one suggested any anaesthetic or sedation.”

The Radio 5 Live presenter admitted the experience left her feeling “violated” after she fainted a second time.

“When the coil was removed a year later (it didn’t suit me), the pain was again excruciating,” Naga explained.

“I fainted again, bursting into tears of relief when I left the GP’s office. I felt violated, weak and angry.”

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