Non-specific urethritis (NSU) is inflammation of the urethra, which is the tube that urine comes out of. It is tested for in men with symptoms (for example pain on urination, redness, itching of the urethra, discharge). There are multiple different causes, ranging from STIs to an adverse reaction to cleaning products or a non-STI bacterial infection. If gonorrhoea has been ruled out as a cause, it can be called non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU). It is usually treated with antibiotics. Your partner(s) will also need to be treated.
PID is an infection of the female upper genital tract, which includes the ovaries, womb and fallopian tubes. It is usually caused by a bacterial infection that has made its way up from the vagina or cervix through to the reproductive organs. Symptoms include lower abdominal pain, pain during sex, unusual discharge or bleeding. It is usually treated with antibiotics. Your partner(s) will also need to be treated.
Pubic lice are small parasites that live in human hair, usually pubic hair. They can’t jump between people and are only transmitted through direct skin-to-skin contact. They can cause itching and you may notice lice or eggs on your hairs. These are treated with over-the-counter skin creams.
Scabies is caused by small mites that make their way under the skin and can be passed on through close contact, or from infected clothing, towels or bed sheets. They can cause itching on multiple parts of your body and can cause a rash which can look similar to eczema. Scabies is treated with over-the-counter skin creams.
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