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Mycoplasma Genitaleum: Doctors Warn Of New Super Bug

Mycosplasma genitaleum could be the new super bug if left unchecked . Heres what you need to know and do to avoid and reduce risk of getting it

Published Mon 16th Jul 2018
By itsAdult / Health

Mycoplasma Genitaleum: Doctors Warn Of New Super Bug


As reported on the BBC News last week and similar news outlets on the internet last week, mycoplasma genitaleum is at epidemic proportions is over exaggerated and should be taken in context with chlamydia being on the increase in the general population mainly because it shares the same characteristics in symptoms and can be mistaken for chlamydia which is on the increase simply because many carriers are unaware they have it which is problematic for those who get their tests on a regular basis.

What is it?
Mycoplasma genitalium is a bacterium that can infect the urethra (urine passage), cervix (neck of the womb), throat and anus. It has only recently been identified as a sexually transmitted infection.

Mycoplasma genitalium is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection that affects both men and women and which is quite common in the UK. It very rarely causes symptoms, and often occurs alongside infections such as gonorrhoea and chlamydia. If the infection isn't treated quickly it can lead to fertility problems or other issues affecting the genitals.

Mycoplasma genitalium is easy to treat and, similarly to other bacterial STIs, will normally only require a single course of treatment with an antibiotic such as Azithromycin. Azithromycin generally just needs to be taken in over a few days, but to ensure that it's been effective it's generally recommended that another STI test be taken two weeks after treatment has been completed.


Mycoplasma Genitaleum can be added on the list of things to test for but you will need to ask for it. This was discussed with a representative from 56 Dean Street in attendance at the UKAP meeting last week

Both 56 Dean Street and Your Sexual Health can add it to their testing procedure if requested. Your Sexual Health offer a mobile service around the UK for those who cannot make get into London 
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