NGU can be passed on by having sex with someone who has an infection, but it CAN also occur spontaneously without any sexual contact, (such as after a heavy masturbation session when your urethra can become irritated).
Non-Gonococcal Urethritis (NGU) is the name given to inflammation of the male urethra (water passage) when gonorrhoea is not the cause.
Most cases of NGU are caused by sexually transmitted infections (STI) of which chlamydia is the most common. In about one third of cases, no infection can be found.
It is possible to get non-specific urethritis and other sexually transmitted infections by having sex with someone who has an infection but has no symptoms.
During unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex, organisms which can cause inflammation can pass into the urethra. Not all cases of non-specific urethritis are caused by having sex and you do not need to have lots of sexual partners.
You cannot get non-specific urethritis from kissing, hugging, sharing baths or towels etc.
The following measures will help protect you from non-specific urethritis and most other sexually transmitted infections including HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydia. If you have a sexually transmitted infection they will also help prevent you from passing it on to your partner.
Men will usually notice:
Women will usually not notice anything wrong. However, if their sexual partner’s NGU is caused by chlamydia and the woman also has chlamydia infection, she may notice:
It is advisable to get tested at one of our nurse led sexual health clinics if you have or think you might have symptoms
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Currently, the only effective and clinically approved way to successfully treat NGU is through the use of antibiotic medications.
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