NGU (nongonococcal urethritis)

Nongonococcal urethritis (NGU) is an infection of the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of your body) that is not caused by gonorrhea. NGU is most often caused by chlamydia.

How do I get NGU?

You can get NGU by touching your mouth, penis, vagina or anus, to someone else’s penis, vagina or anus (who has NGU).

NGU is more common in guys than girls. Guys may have discharge (strange liquid) from the penis urning, pain when peeing, and itching, irritation or tenderness around the opening of the penis

Because a girl might not have any symptoms, she may not know she has NGU until severe problems occur. Girls/women might have discharge from the vagina, burning or pain when peeing, pain in the abdominal (stomach) area, or bleeding from the vagina that is not from a monthly period. (This may be an sign that NGU has become worse and turned into Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, or PID).

Is there a cure for NGU?

Yes, NGU can be cured with antibiotics. Your healthcare provide can prescribe the right treatment for you. Note: If you are pregnant or might be pregnant, ask your doctor about medicines which will not harm the baby.

If you do not treat NGU, it can cause infertility (being unable to have children), problems in pregnancy, like low birth weight, early delivery or miscarriage, and eye, ear and lung infections in newborn babies.

How do I find out if I have NGU?

Go to your healthcare provider and get tested. If you don’t have a regular healthcare provider, you can search here for a local clinic or testing site.

How can I reduce my risk of getting NGU?

There are many ways to reduce your risk. The best way to avoid NGU or any STI is to not have sex. But if you choose to have sex, you can reduce your risk of getting an STI. Learn how here.

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