Emerging sex disease ‘could be superbug’
A little known sexually transmitted infection could become the next superbug unless people become more vigilant, experts are warning.
Mycoplasma genitalium( MG) often has no symptoms but can cause pelvic inflammatory cancer, which can leave some women infertile.
MG can be missed – and if it is not treated correctly, it can develop resistance to antibiotics.
The British Association of Sexual Health and HIV is launching new advice.
Its draft guidelines detail how best to spot and treat MG.
What is MG?
Mycoplasma genitalium is a bacterium that can cause inflammation of the urethra in humen, causing discharge from the penis and constructing it painful to urinate.
In girls, it can cause inflammation of the reproductive organs( womb and fallopian tubes) too, causing ache and perhaps a fever and some bleeding.
You can get it by having unprotected sex with someone who has it. Condoms can prevent this spread.
It was first identified in the UK in the 1980 s and is thought to affect 1-2% of the general population.
MG does not always cause symptoms and will not always need therapy, but it can be missed or mistaken for a different sexually transmitted infection, such as Chlamydia.