Non-specific urethritis is an infection of urethra, a canal through which an urine, from the urinary bladder, exits the body. The disease is transmitted through sexual intercourse, although many years ago the disease was not known due to the technical difficulties in isolating and identifying the microorganism (hence the name of the disease). According to contemporary laboratory examinations, about 45% of non-specific urethritis is caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis, although there are probably other causes of this disease.
In men, symptoms of non-specific urethritis occur 7 to 35 days after the infection. The first noticeable symptom is mildly burning sensation on the tip of the penis, which is sometimes felt only during the first morning urination. This burning sensation can be accompanied by a rare, clear discharge, also (sometimes) only in the morning. If the infection is not treated, discomfort may worsen and the discharge becomes more abundant and thick. The symptoms disappear over time, but the infection can lay low and – if not treated – is transmitted to other people by sexual intercourse. In women, non-specific urethritis usually does not cause any symptoms, except for a little more abundant discharge from the vagina (in rare cases).
According to statistics of medical institutions specializing in sexually transmitted diseases, 1 person out of 500 people suffers from non-specific urethritis annually, and 80% of them are men. Non-specific urethritis is, therefore, the most common sexually transmitted disease.
What to do?
If you notice any of the symptoms described, go to a doctor or a medical institution specializing in sexually transmitted diseases. Refrain from sexual intercourse until the disease is diagnosed, i.e. until the end of the treatment. Your doctor will examine you and take a sample of discharge from the urethra for laboratory analysis. If the examination confirms the presence of non-specific urethritis, the treatment is relatively simple: you will be treated with antibiotics, you will have to follow the instructions and refrain yourself from sexual intercourse until the end of the treatment. Women, whose sexual partners have non-specific urethritis, should also go for an examination, and the doctoro usually prescribe them drugs even if there are no symptoms.