What is it?
Urethritis is inflammation (pain, redness and/or swelling) of the urethra – the tube where urine comes out. This is sometimes called non-specific urethritis (often known as NSU) or non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU).
How will I know?
- Penis discharge
- Irritation or burning inside the penis
- Burning feeling when having a wee
It is possible for men and women to have non-specific urethritis but it is more difficult to diagnose in women.
NSU is passed on during unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex, organisms which cause inflammation can pass into the urethra. Non-specific urethritis can occur in anyone who is sexually active. You don’t need to have lots of sexual partners and it is important to note that not all cases of non-specific urethritis are caused by having sex/sexual contact.
Any with other STIs, you cannot get non-specific urethritis from kissing, hugging, sharing baths or towels or from toilet seats.