Is inflammation of the urethra (the tube carrying urine from the bladder) caused by a viral or bacterial infection.
NGU (Non-gonococcal urethritis). Chlamydia is the most common cause and affects both men and women.
NSU (Non-specific Urethritis). Is generally a result of using a catheter or soaps.
Untreated NGU and NSU can result in:
Occasionally, symptoms may only develop after a couple of weeks.
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Using condoms during anal, vaginal, or oral sex will prevent/transmit it to others.
Other preventive measures are:
HIV treatment centres with affiliated sexual health clinics are available where treatments can be obtained free of charge without a referral from your doctor or GP.
Both a NGU and NSU can be tested during a general sexual health check-up at a genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic or a sexual health clinic like ours.
You can freely access GUM clinics since they are available for confidential treatment.
An NGU It is easily identifiable and more frequent, however if Chlamydia is suspected the test results can take up to a week
Males require either a swab test of the tip of the penis and/or a urine test.
Females require a virginal swab of her cervix.
Both are taken by a specialist nurse or doctor and then sent to the laboratory for testing.
NGU/NSU is treated with antibiotics.
Contacting your sexual partners for testing is recommended as they will also require treatment to prevent the cycle of re-infection.
We recommend a follow-up visit to the clinic 2 or 3 weeks after treatment has ended to ensure the infection has completely resolved and for further advice on how to stay safe from STIs.
It is important to avoid sex, even protected sex, until your treatment is completed and you are tested negative for a NGU/NSU.