Department of Health


Urethritis is a term to describe the inflammation of the urethra. Urethritis is a result of exposure to infections (such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea) within bodily fluids, during vaginal, oral or anal sex.

Urethritis that is not caused by chlamydia or gonorrhoea is known as non-specific urethritis, or NSU. People at risk of urethritis are those who engage in unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sexual contact.

Symptoms differ from men to women. Women experience a more frequent need to urinate, a burning sensation whilst urinating and a purulent discharge from the urethral opening. Men experience symptoms such as an increased urge to urinate, a burning sensation whilst urinating and a cloudy discharge from the tip of the penis.

Further information

For further information on this topic please contact your doctor or Melbourne Sexual Health Centre:

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre
580 Swanston Street
Carlton VIC 3053
Phone: 03 9341 6200
Free Call: 1800 032 017