Sexual problems - Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU)

Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU)

What is Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU)

NGU refers to an infection of the urethra (the tube running from the bladder through which urine passes) caused by germs other than those that cause gonorrhea. Infection can be caused by several different organisms, although the most frequent cause of NGU is a germ called Chlamydia, (Kla-mid-ee-ya), which is a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Who gets NGU

NGU is most often found in men. Men between the ages of 15 and 30 who have had unprotected sex with many partners, are most at risk

How is NGU spread

NGU is spread almost exclusively through sexual contact involving penis to vagina or penis to rectum.

What are the symptoms of NGU

The symptoms of NGU involve a slight burning or tingling during urination. It is sometimes accompanied by a slight (usually clear) discharge (drip) from the urethra.

How soon do symptoms appear

The symptoms associated with NGU usually appear from one to five weeks after infection. Some people never develop obvious symptoms through their infection.

When and for how long is a person able to spread NGU

A person can spread NGU from the time they are infected until they are cured.

Does past infection with NGU make a person immune

No. past infection with NGU does not protect a person from getting the disease again

What is the treatment for NGU

NGU is treated with antibiotics.

What can be the effect of not being treated with NGU

If not treated for NGU, a person may experience painful swelling of the testicles (epididymitis) and infection of the prostate gland. More importantly, they may infect sexual partners.

What can be done to prevent the spread of STDs

  • Abstinence is the only sure way to avoid STDs.
  • The kinds of sex that do not include vaginal, anal or oral intercourse are also "safer sex" and less likely to spread STDs.
  • Try to limit your exposure to STDs. Unprotected sexual activity increases your chance of exposure and infection. If you have more than one partner or your partner has other sexual partners this increases your chances of getting an STD.
  • Use barrier protection, like a condom.
  • Look at your partner before having sex. If you see any sign of an infection such as rashes, sores, discharge or swelling, stop and talk about the importance of checking for an STD before having sex.
  • If you think you are infected, avoid any sexual contact and visit a local sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic, hospital or your own doctor. If possible, bring your sex partner(s) with you so that they can be treated if necessary
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