Nonspecific urethritis (NSU)

Symptoms

Nonspecific urethritis or NSU can be identified by:

  • lumps
  • soreness or itching around the genitals, anus or mouth
  • a discharge from the vagina or penis
Treatment

The treatment is usually a two-week course of antibiotics after contact with an infected person. During treatment, patients are asked to give up alcohol as this can bring about a recurrence of the symptoms. Complications can occur similar to those for gonorrhea, but fortunately early diagnosis and treatment can prevent these. It is possible for a man to be periodically reinfected with NSU without changing his sex partner, and no explanation has so far been put forward for this. However, both partners will need treatment each time NSU manifests itself.

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