Most people know that the HPV rates among sexually active adults are fairly high and there is a new super gonorrhea bug that’s making it difficult to treat some gonorrhea cases. However, the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (or BASHH) said a new worrisome STD is making its way in the public – Mycoplasma genitalium.
the MG bacteria was first seen in the 1980s, the BASHH said it could
become an antibiotic-resistant bacteria because so little is known
about it. The agency came up with some MG guidelines that they hope
will bring some awareness to the STD as well as the symptoms and
effects it can produce. What should know about the MG STD?
genitalium is a sexually transmitted disease that leads to
inflammation in the penis’ urethra and a discharge. When the
bacteria enters the vagina, it can inflame the uterus and fallopian
tubes, causing bleeding, pain and fever. Women could also become
MG symptoms include bleeding, discharge and painful urination. The STI is tricky because in many cases there are no symptoms. When there are symptoms, most doctors mistake it for chlamydia or another STI, which means the wrong treatment is used. It’s not uncommon for a person to have both MG and another STI at the same time, and since it’s not a well-known disease, it’s not routinely tested for. In fact, most people would need to request getting tested for it or use an alternative at-home option such as the myLAB testing kit.
primary way to reduce the spread of MG is to use a condom each time
you have sex.
the last 15 years, MG has been largely ignored. Although antibiotics
can be used, many strains of MG are or will become
antibiotic-resistant (similar to some gonorrhea strains). The British
Association said 40 percent of MG cases could be effectively treated.
By sticking one’s head in the sand and pretend it doesn’t exist means the MG bacteria could become a superbug, which means no antibiotics will be able to clear up the infection. It’s important that resources go toward the development of diagnostic testing to detect people (especially women) who have MG before they become infertile.
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Roughly 20 million Americans every year are infected with some kind of sexually transmitted disease. Diagnosing these STDs is a challenge because of the stigma associated with getting tested. However, at-home testing kits have risen in popularity, getting people the treatment they need. However, the healthcare community is still at odds on whether or not the kits are as accurate as they claim to be.