Medicine: The Cinderella Disease

NGU, the most common VD

To most people, venereal disease means either syphilis or gonorrhea. But, in fact, the most common venereal disease in America today is one that has been so overlooked by both the public and doctors that a British expert has dubbed it "the Cinderella of sexually transmissible infections." The clinical name of the Cinderella disease: nongonococcal urethritis, or NGU.

Urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra, the channel carrying urine from the bladder. In gonorrhea victims, it is caused by the gonococcus bacterium. But in a majority of cases of...

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