Sexually Transmitted Infections.
What is NSU? (Non Specific Urethritis)
NSU is a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) which only affects men. You can get it through oral, vaginal or anal sex.
What are the symptoms?
- Pain or burning when passing urine (peeing)
- Needing to pass urine (pee) frequently
- Discharge from the penis
What is it caused by?
NSU can be caused by a number of bacteria for which there are no available tests. Very rarely it can result from friction during sex, an allergy or excess alcohol.
How is it diagnosed?
By taking a swab from the genital area.
How is it treated?
It is treated with antibiotics. You can get these from your GP or Sexual Health clinic. Your partner should be tested and treated for other STI’s.
What happens if it’s not treated?
Inflammation of testicles and infertility (inability to have a child).
You cannot tell by looking at someone if they have a sexually transmitted infection, so if you are having sex (oral, anal or vaginal) the only way to make sure you are not putting yourself at risk is to practise safer sex.
- Always using condoms or femidoms (female condom inserted within the vagina) for vaginal sex.
- Always using condoms with water based lube for anal sex. Do not use condoms with spermicide if you are having anal sex.
- Always using flavoured condoms or dental dams (a latex shield that covers the mouth) when having oral sex.
- Trying non-penetrative sex like massage or mutual masturbation.
Condoms / Femidoms also protect you from other STIs including HIV. Always check the packaging for the British Standard kitemark or European product mark as well as the date of expiry.
Free condoms are available throughout Dumfries & Galloway. See the Clinic List.
Testing and treatment is available from:
- General Practitioners
- Sexual Health D&G, Nithbank, Dumfries.
Daily drop-in Mon-Fri 9.00-11.00am
- Stranraer Community Hospital
Every Monday 5.00 - 6.30pm
Every Wednesday 10.30 - 11.30am