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 11:18AM on August 16, 2021.