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Non-Gonococcal Urethritis (NGU)

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What is NGU?

NGU is a very common STD in Australia. It is inflammatio0n of the male urethra (urine passage) that is not diagnosed as gonorrhoea. NGU is caused by a number of different organisms (the most common being Chlamydia), and is passed on by anal, vaginal or oral sex without a condom. The term NGU is used for infection in males only.In women, it’s sometimes called Chlamydia as this is the name of the organisms that most commonly causes the infection.

How do you know if you have NGU?

Men may have a slight clear, white or cloudy discharge and/or burning or discomfort when urinating. The discharge may be most noticeable in the morning. (It is not semen or the fluid that usually comes from the penis before ejaculation.) Symptoms usually appear between four to fourteen days after sex with an infected person. Some men do not develop symptoms, but a test can still find out if they have NGU.


How do you test for NGU?

A swab collected form the urethra can detect NGU. It is important not to pass urine for a minimum of two hours prior to having this test.

Is there any treatment for gonorrhoea?

The correct antibiotics reliably and rapidly cure gonorrhoea. Sexual contact should be avoided until follow-up tests have been taken to ensure the infection has resolved after treatment.

What is the treatment for NGU?

The correct antibiotics can rapidly cure NGU.

Are there any complications?

If NGU is inadequately or not treated, it may lead to chronic urethral irritation or chronic testicular discomfort.

Do sexual partners need treatment?

Partners exposed by vaginal or anal sex without a condom should be informed, offered testing and treatment, irrespective of whether they have symptoms.

Is there a way to protect myself from NGU?

Using condoms for vaginal and anal sex are the most effective preventions for NGU.

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