What is NSU/NGU?

NSU/NGU (Non Specific or Non Gonococcal Urethritis) is an inflammation of the urethra (the tube in your penis that carries the urine)

Inflammation of the urethra can be caused by many different factors, most commonly the Chlamydia bacteria but can also be the result of any number of sexually transmitted bacteria. It may sound a bit peculiar, but sometimes NSU is called non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) because the inflammation is not caused by gonorrhoea.

In some situations the inflammation/irritation can be the result hygiene products such as shower gels and deodorants. NSU/NGU can also be the result of damage to the urethra (which could be the result of extended or rigorous sexual activity).

Symptoms may not always be present but may include; a burning/irritation or tickle inside the urethra, often worse when peeing.  Some other guys may get a discharge or fluid from the end of the penis which can be yellow, green or clear in colour.

Testing usually entails taking a small swab of the site along with a urine sample.  NSU/NGU is usually treated with antibiotics, make sure you also get your partners treated and refrain from any sex for 1 week after taking the medication to prevent reinfection.

Using condoms and water-based lube can reduce the risk of transmitting the infections that cause NSU/NGU.


Where can I test?

If you think you have symptoms of NSU/NGU get it checked out a a GUM Clinic