Have you ever heard about people infected with mycoplasma genitalium or MG? This is a sexually transmitted infection that people might not even know they have. According to CNN, not many citizens know about it. The MG was first discovered in the early 1980s, but recently it was detected in the present society.
The worrying news is that the infection could turn into a superbug, so health experts from the UK are closely watching it. Furthermore, the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV and other authorities advise us to take good care of us and if we experience symptoms like: irritation, bleeding after sex, painful urination for both men and women and something similar to a watery discharge from the penis we should make a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible.
Another important mention is that the MG infection is often asymptomatic, so we might not even know when and if we contacted it or if our partner has it. In this case, we should avoid unprotected sexual intercourse (and by this we mean with a condom), especially when we are having a one-night-stand. Also, it’s important to go and see our doctor for a check-up on a regular basis, with double importance if we are in the situation described above.
MG infections are a known cause for pelvic inflammatory diseases and infertility in women
Although its symptoms are similar to those of other STIs, MG is dangerous because it can cause other serious health issues. A study published in PLoS Pathogens in 2011 tells us that, if it’s not discovered and treated on time, the infection can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, cervicitis and even infertility in women.
British health experts are trying to keep the spread of MG infection under control because the symptoms can determine some doctors to treat it with chlamydia drugs and this would make it antibiotic resistant. Fortunately, CNN announces to us that during the past year, a clinical test for the infection became available. Now it’s easier to track, control the spreading and treat the MG infection.