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Penile Discharge – What You Should Know

When substances other than semen or urine is found to be coming out from the tip of the penis, it is a symptom known as penile discharge. Having penile discharge of any kind usually points to a larger issue, like a STD infection of some kind. 

Types of Penile Discharge

Penile discharge ranges from clear and watery to opaque, thick and white. The discharge may sometimes appear pus-like and yellow in colour, and can smell foul. The consistency of said discharge may even change throughout the day.

Penile discharge can be accompanied by other symptoms of STD infection, like itching and irritation at the tip of the penis, dysuria (pain when passing urine) or pain during ejaculation.

Penile discharge is a common symptom of STIs like Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. They are the top 2 STIs diagnosed in Singapore each year, with data in 2018 showing 2700 and 2000 cases per 100,000 population for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea respectively.

Testing Penile Discharge

Thankfully, getting to the root cause of penile discharge is possible with a DTAP Express Urine STD test or Full Urine STD test. The DTAP Express Urine STD test will pick up Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea from your urine sample and results will be sent via your chosen mode of communication in 72 hours.

For the DTAP Express Full Urine STD test, additional infections such as mycoplasma hominis, ureaplasma urealyticum, trichomonas, gardnerella, candida, urine bacteria (Ufeme) which causes NGU or NSU (non gonococcal urethritis or non specific urethritis) can be detected.

Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, NGU/NSU can be passed from one person to another person through sexual contact. Vaginal sex, Oral Sex and Anal Sex.


Symptoms may appear anywhere from 3 days to a week after sexual exposure. However, most infections can remain as “silent” asymptomatic ones. This is common for conditions like Chlamydia or even NSU.

If left untreated, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea or NSU can cause further health complications such as pain and swelling in the testes or prostate, fertility issues in both genders, and even organ damage.

If your partner has been diagnosed with an STI or STD, DTAP Express offers rapid testing and expedited treatment for both of you.

Visit us at for more information. Alternatively, you may call us at +65 6962 1963 or email at to book your appointment today!


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