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Urethritis is inflammation of your urethra, the tube that you pass urine through. It can cause discharge from the tip of your penis, pain on passing urine (peeing) and itching.

It's usually caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI), such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea.

You'll need to do a urine (pee) test to be checked. Sometimes, you'll also need a swab test.

Urethritis is treated with antibiotics. Your sexual partner needs to be treated at the same time.

Even if you feel embarrassed, it's better to get a simple check than to have untreated urethritis.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed February 2019.


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