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What causes urethritis?

Urethritis can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection. Such an infection can lead to conditions such as a urinary tract infection (UTI) or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Urethritis can also be caused by injury or sensitivity or allergy to chemicals in lotions and other products.
Urethritis, or inflammation of the urethra, has a few causes. The most common cause is a sexually transmitted infection. The infections that most commonly cause urethritis are gonorrhea, chlamydia, and herpes virus. Other causes of inflammation include contraceptive jelly, cream, or foam; spermicide used in condoms; and chemical irritation from soaps or lotions. (This answer provided for NATA by the University of Montana Athletic Training Education Program.)

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