Reactive Arthritis | Causes & Risk Factors


What kinds of infection can cause reactive arthritis?

The same bacteria that cause food poisoning can cause reactive arthritis. So can some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as gonorrhea, chlamydia or HIV infection.

Who gets reactive arthritis?

Reactive arthritis is most common in men between 20 years and 40 years of age. Women can also get reactive arthritis, but their symptoms are usually milder.


Reactive Arthritis (Reiter's Syndrome) by WF Barth, M.D. and K Segal, M.D. (American Family Physician August 01, 1999,

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 08/99