Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU)


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(curable with medication)

Nongonococcal urethritis (or NGU) is a treatable bacterial infection of the urethra (the tube within the penis) often times associated with chlamydia.Infections with crabs is common and is found worldwide.

NGU stands for nongonococcal urethritis, which means that after testing, gonorrhea has been ruled out as the cause of someone’s urethral infection. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder.
NGU refers to symptoms guys often have when they’ve gotten an STD. Painful urination (peeing) and/or a discharge from the penis are usual NGU symptoms for guys.

The most common and most serious cause of NGU is chlamydia. Chlamydia is a very common STD caused by bacteria that can be easily cured by antibiotics if treated early.

For women, chlamydia often causes no symptoms. But symptoms may include painful urination (peeing) and/or unusual vaginal discharge. It’s important to remember that these symptoms can also be signs of something other than chlamydia or NGU.

Remember: While men primarily are infected with NGU, women can easily be infected with the main cause of NGU, chlamydia.

A guy who is diagnosed with NGU should tell his partner so she or he can be tested. Telling female partners right away can help prevent lasting damage to her body. Also, all partners need to be treated so they do not re-infect each other.

The good news is that NGU can be cured with antibiotics.


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