Urethritis is the term used to describe an inflamed urethra. If tests for gonorrhoea and Chlamydia are negative, then the urethritis is usually called non-specific urethritis (NSU).
Urethritis can occur after unprotected vaginal, anal and oral sex.

Symptoms of urethritis include discharge, pain passing urine, or just an uncomfortable feeling in the urethra.

A swab from the urethra and a urine sample are taken for gonorrhoea and Chlamydia. The test is more accurate if you do not pass urine for at least 2 hours beforehand.

Treatment is with antibiotic tablets. Sexual partners also need assessment and treatment even if your results for Chlamydia and gonorrhoea are negative.

This page was last updated at 2:58PM on June 2, 2022.