'Stealth' STI Mycoplasma genitalium risks becoming a superbug

If left untreated MG which was first discovered in the early 1980s and spreads through unprotected sex can also develop a resistance to antibiotics

Cash-strapped NHS services are misdiagnosing the MG infection because of a lack of testing kits which cost just £4 ($5.30) each, reports Mirror UK.

Like any STI, the best way to prevent MG is by using condoms.

Left unchecked, they say this could result in thousands of women each year at increased risk of infertility from pelvic inflammatory disease caused by MG.

An estimated 2 percent of people are infected in the United Kingdom, so The British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) has released new guidelines about how to treat and diagnose MG.

Paddy Horner, of BASHH, said last night: "MG has the potential to become a superbug within a decade, resistant to standard antibiotics. We both sensibly got tested and declared clean at the start of the relationship but GUM [genitourinary medicine] clinics don't test for MG, unless you have symptoms".

"After a few weeks I tested positive, while my partner was negative, which didn't make sense".

"Then out of the blue I got a UTI and symptoms were exactly like MG".

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"We were put on antibiotics for two weeks but had no sexual contact for five, to make sure we were clean".

"I am now certain it has returned and I am awaiting further test results".

Dr Peter Greenhouse, a sexual consultant in Bristol and BASHH member, urged people to take precautions.

Don't feel bad if you haven't heard of Mycoplasma genitalium - although the organism is well-known to infectious disease specialists, the average doctor likely doesn't remember much about it after learning about it briefly in medical school, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

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.

The most recent figures from Public Health England show that diagnoses of syphilis are at their highest level for almost 70 years, with 7,137 cases in 2017, a 20 per cent rise on the previous year, and more than twice that recorded in 2012. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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