What is it?

Non-Specific Urethritis (NSU) is inflammation of the urethra.

How do I get it?

NSU is mostly caused by an infection that is passed on from sexual activity without condoms such as anal or oral sex. Sometimes NSU is caused by damage to the urethra which can be the result of extended or vigorous sexual activity.

What symptoms or signs might I notice?

If caused by an infection symptoms might include pain when you urinate or ejaculate and a white or yellowish discharge from your penis. You may also have swollen glands in your groin. Symptoms can take between one and three weeks to appear.

How will I be tested?

NSU is diagnosed by urine sample or a urethral swab, in conjunction with a genital examination by a medical professional.

How will I be treated?

NSU is treated with a course of antibiotics. If left untreated NSU can lead to inflammation of the prostate gland (prostatitis), inflammation of the testicles and infertility.

How can I avoid getting NSU?

Using condoms and water-based lube can reduce the risk of transmitting the infections that cause NSU.

What if I’m HIV-positive?

If a man has HIV, having untreated NSU makes it more likely he’ll pass on HIV during unprotected sex.

Where can I get help?

If you think you might have NSU, get a check up at an SRP Clinic. Click on the services link for check up options.