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Urethritis

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Last full review/revision Jul 2021| Content last modified Jul 2021
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What is urethritis?

Urethritis is an infection of your urethra, which is the tube attached to your bladder that lets urine flow out of your body.

The Urinary Tract

The Urinary Tract

What causes urethritis?

What are the symptoms of urethritis?

How can doctors tell if I have urethritis?

Your doctor can tell if you have urethritis based on:

  • Tests of your urine or of the fluid coming out of your urethra

How do doctors treat urethritis?

Doctors treat urethritis differently depending on the cause. Usually, they give antibiotics. If you have a sexually transmitted disease (STD), your sex partner will also need to be treated. You shouldn't have sex until you and your partner have been successfully treated.

How can I prevent urethritis?

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