What can be done to prevent the condition?
Because the exact cause is not known, prevention is hard. Preventing acute epididymitis may reduce the risk. Acute epididymitis is often a sexually transmitted disease, or STD. Using safer sex can help prevent STDs. However, some men get chronic epididymitis without having these risk factors.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Chronic epididymitis may cause chronic pain. However, it has no other serious long-term effects.
What are the risks to others?
Chronic epididymitis is not contagious. It poses no risk to others.