Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
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Mycoplasma genitalium (MG): what it is and why doctors are anxious

Mycoplasma genitalium (MG): what it is and why doctors are anxious

What makes it even worse is that doctors have warned the new infection could become a superbug - like MRSA - if it isn't treated properly. Experts say 3,000 British women could become infertile each year if it becomes untreatable. For them, untreated MG can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which can in turn make it hard to get pregnant.

Paddy Horner, of BASHH, said last night: "MG has the potential to become a superbug within a decade, resistant to standard antibiotics".

"MG is rapidly becoming the new superbug: it's increasingly resistant to most of the antibiotics we use to treat chlamydia and changes its pattern of resistance during treatment so it's like trying to hit a moving target", Dr Peter Greenhouse, sexual health consultant from the United Kingdom, said in a statement.

Most people who carry the MG infection have no symptoms - but are still able to pass it on to others.


Though symptoms are rare, they can include a burning sensation when urinating and pain or bleeding during and after sex.

The Mycoplasma Genitalium (MG) bacterium now only affects 1-2 percent of the public, but BASHH warned in a new set of guidelines it could become a superbug in 15 years' time if proper testing and treatment fails to be provided by local health services.

"It's about time the public learned about Mycoplasma genitalium", Greenhouse said. You can't shut down easyJet, the internet, Tinder and Grindr, all of which make it easier to find new partners. "Everyone can protect themselves from STIs by consistently and correctly using condoms with new and casual partners".

But this trend was reversed following declining concern about HIV, with the emergence of effective new antiviral treatments reducing the consequences of an HIV diagnosis from a death sentence to a treatable condition.

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