NSU: Non-Specific Urethritis
This can be caused by sexual contact with an infected person
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Non-specific Urethritis (NSU) is an inflammation of the urethra, which mainly occurs in men or people with a penis. If left untreated it may cause infertility.
How is NSU transmitted?
NSU is transmitted through sexual contact with an infected person via vaginal and anal sex and skin-to-skin contact. It can also be passed on through the sharing of sex toys.
Symptoms of NSU
Like a lot of STIs, some people may present no symptoms. Others may have some symptoms, which include;
- Burning sensation when peeing
- Redness or swelling at the top of the penis
- If it spreads to the testicles and prostate gland, it can cause pain or swelling
- If left untreated it can affect male fertility
How to diagnose NSU
In order to get a diagnosis, you will need to visit your GP or your local STI clinic. They will run tests which usually include:
- A swab of the penis
- A urine test
How to treat NSU
NSU can be treated with antibiotics which can be prescribed by your doctor.