She received the American Center Association’s 2008 Katharine A. Lembright Award for excellence in cardiovascular analysis at the association’s annual meeting in New Orleans on Nov. 9. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Wellness. Other authors were Lianzhi Gu, postdoctoral fellow in biobehavioral wellness research; and, from the UIC College of Medication, Shamim Chowdhury, analysis scientist in biophysics and physiology, and Dr. David Geenen, analysis associate professor of physiology..Causes of Urethritis in Men The sexually transmitted diseases gonorrhea and chlamydia cause nearly all cases of infectious urethritis. The virus that causes herpes and other infections transmitted during sexual activity can also cause urethritis.Chemical irritation due to soaps, lotions, and colognes can cause temporary pain in the urethra. Spermicide in condoms and contraceptive jelly, cream, or foam can cause irritation. Mechanical manipulation of the penis or minimal trauma may lead to urethritis. Surgical procedure, rubbing on rough clothing, as well as vigorous sexually activity or masturbation can cause a temporary discomfort of the urethra.