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Non-specific urethritis

Non-specific urethritis (NSU) is a sexually transmissible infection (STI). This page outlines the symptoms and treatment for NSU.

What is it?

Non-specific urethritis (NSU) is an infection that causes inflammation of a male’s urethra.

How do you get it?

You usually get NSU by having unprotected (no condom) sex, including vaginal, anal and oral sex.

What are the symptoms?

Sometimes there are no symptoms. However, you might get:

  • discharge from the penis
  • pain when weeing (urinating).

How is it treated?

NSU is treated with antibiotics.

Will this impact my partner/s?

Partners should be treated with antibiotics to avoid reinfection. Sex should be avoided until you are cleared - unless you use a condom/pukoro ure or oral dam.

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