Non-Specific Urethritis (NSU)

What is it?

  • NSU is a condition which only affects men and is where the urethra (tube that passes urine/pee) becomes inflamed, usually due to infection. NSU can have a number of possible causes:
  • it is estimated that the STI Chlamydia is responsible for 50% of all cases off NSU
  • Herpes and Trichomonas Vaginalis are linked, but are less common causes
  • Some bacteria that live in the rectum and the mouth and throat can be passed on during sex and cause inflammation
  • A vaginal infection in your partner, such as thrush or Bacterial Vaginosis, may cause Non-specific Urethritis

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include:

  • · White or clouding discharge from the tip of the penis
  • · Feeling the need to pass urine (pee) frequently
  • · Itching or irritation at the end of the urethra (located at the tip of the penis)

How do I get tested?

Visit your GP or find you're nearest sexual health clinic using our services page.

Can it be treated?

Yes, NSU infections can be treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, it may cause a painful infection in the testicles and problems with fertility (ability to have children). Early treatment is very important.

Can I prevent it?

Condoms are the only form of contraception to protect you against STIs. You can get FREE condoms from any easy access point for condoms


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