Sexually Transmitted Disease Facts

Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU) (caused by various organisms other than gonorrhea)

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Signs and Symptoms
Testing and Treatment
For More Information

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Signs and Symptoms

  • Most women and some men have no symptoms
  • Begin 1-3 weeks after exposure
  • Clear, yellow or white pus from the penis
  • Discharge or burning of the vagina
  • Burning or pain during urination


NGU is Spread by:

  • Vaginal sex
  • Oral sex
  • Anal sex
  • Infected mother to newborn


If left untreated, NGU can:  

  • Spread to sex partners
  • Lead to more serious infection
  • Damage reproductive organs
  • Lead to infertility in men and women  

During pregnancy, NGU germs can:  

  • Be passed from a mother to her baby during childbirth.
  • Cause eye infection or pneumonia in infants.


  • Avoiding vaginal, oral or anal sex is the best way to prevent STDs.
  • Always use latex condoms, consistently and correctly, during vaginal and anal sex.
  • Use a latex condom for oral sex on a penis.
  • Use a latex barrier (dental dam or condom cut in half) for oral sex on a vagina or anus.
  • Limit the number of sex partners.
  • Notify sex partners immediately if infected.
  • Make sure sex partners are tested and treated at the same time to prevent re-infection.

Testing and Treatment

  • Get a test from a medical provider if infection is suspected.
  • NGU can be cured using medication prescribed by medical provider.
  • Partners should be treated at same time.  

NOTE: A person can be re-infected after treatment.

For more information, contact:

STD and HIV Section
Minnesota Department of Health
(651) 201-5414

Minnesota Family Planning and STD Hotline
Attention: Non-MDH link
1-800-783-2287 Voice/TTY; (651) 645-9360 (Metro)

American Social Health Association (ASHA)
Attention: Non-MDH link

CDC National STD and AIDS Hotlines
Attention: Non-MDH link
1-800-CDC-INFO; 1-888-232-6348 TTY
1-800-344-7432 (Spanish)

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Updated Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 01:59PM