Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
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Quick Read: Emerging sex disease MG 'could become next superbug'

Quick Read: Emerging sex disease MG 'could become next superbug'

It's estimated that an MG infection exists in 1 to 2 percent of the population at the moment, with rates being slightly higher among women than men.

Experts told CNN that MG is now starting to become more resistant to antibiotics and could become a superbug within five years, while preventing as many as 4,800 women to become pregnant each year. In men, the bacteria can cause infection in the urethra while in women it can cause inflammation of the reproductive organs, which can cause pain and some bleeding. It is best treated by a course of the antibiotic doxycycline, followed by a course of azithromycin. "It's already 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".

It may not be the first disease that comes to mind when thinking of sexually-transmitted disease, but there's an important reason to start paying attention to mycoplasma genitalium, or MG.

Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) is a rare but prevalent sexually transmitted infection, the incidences of which is increasing day by day.

"It's about time the public learned about Mycoplasma genitalium", Greenhouse said. However, advanced tests to diagnose the disease are not available in all clinics in United Kingdom, as a result doctors have to send samples to Public Health England's laboratory to get a diagnostic result. It can also be treated by an antibiotic called macrolides, however there are concerns the infection is reportedly developing resistance to this. Even if you have a regular partner, it's best to get tested at least once a year.

BASHH spokesperson Paddy Horner, who developed the guidelines, said: "We can't afford to continue with the approach we have followed for the past 15 years as this will undoubtedly lead to a public health emergency with the emergence of MG as a superbug".

MG is spread by having sex without a condom with an infected person.

Dr Olwen Williams, president of BASHH, said more people need to be aware of the disease because of the impact it has on fertility.

Almost half of 16 to 24-year-olds admit they have had sex with a new partner without using a condom, a Public Health England report said in December.

Dr Helen Fifer, consultant microbiologist at Public Health England, welcomed the guidelines, adding: "If you have symptoms of an STI, we recommend you get tested at your local sexual health clinic". "We call on the government urgently to this funding available and on sexual health experts to ensure they implement these new guidelines", she said, according to the Telegraph.

"Everyone can protect themselves from STIs by consistently and correctly using condoms with new and casual partners".

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