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What is Non Specific Urethritis?

Urethritis is the swelling of a guy’s urethra (where your pee comes out). It can be caused by different bacterial infections, which is why it’s called ‘non-specific’. The most common causes are chlamydia, gonorrhoea and mycoplasma. Urethritis is sometimes called Non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) or Non Specific Urethritis (NSU).

Are there any symptoms?

Guys you may not notice any symptoms. If you do notice symptoms, they could be unusual discharge (leaking fluid) from your urethra, pain or a burning sensation when peeing, or feeling like you need to pee all the time. You may notice symptoms one to three weeks after having sex with someone who has non-specific Urethritis. 

How do you catch it?

You can catch urethritis by having  oral, vaginal, or anal sex without a condom with someone who has it. 

Let's talk about prevention

Use condoms during oral, vaginal or anal sex to stop you catching or passing on urethritis. 

How to get tested and treated

Your doctor will take a swab from the end of your urethra (where your pee comes out). You’ll also be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhoea at the same time. The good thing is, if you have urethritis your doctor will prescribe you a medication (antibiotics). This will cure you of urethritis.  Make sure you finish all the pills so it will work properly. Don’t have sex, even using a condom, until 7 days after finishing the medication (antibiotics). 

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