‘Pack those condoms’: Sex health docs warn rare STI could become ‘superbug’

12 July, 2018, 12:20 | Author: Kara Nash
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A new sexually transmitted disease, Mycoplasma genitalium, could make 3,000 women infertile every year and become the next super bug unless it is tackled, experts have warned. It is now estimated to affect one in a 100 people, reports the Daily Mirror. For men it causes inflammation of the urethra and could lead to watery discharges from the penis.

It often has no symptoms at all, but if left untreated, it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, and ultimately infertility in women.

Bad cases can cause painful inflammation for men, but can be more serious for women - potentially causing womb scarring that leave them infertile.

The news comes after health officials previous year warned that millions of young people are shunning protection because risky sex has become acceptable once again, three decades after the Aids epidemic made condom use essential.

Why is it so risky?


Doctors say an uncommon sexually transmitted disease, Mycoplasma genitalium (MG), which often has no symptoms may pose a great health risk if people aren't more cautious.

The guidelines note people can be tested for MG through a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), but a BASHH survey of 125 out of 152 public health commissioners in England found only one in 10 plan to fund the testing for MG in the next financial year. This lack of awareness is also part of the problem; the new data suggests that just one in 10 sexual health clinics in the United Kingdom have the right kits to diagnose the infection.

Another problem is that the disease is being misdiagnosed, with patients mistakenly given antibiotics for chlamydia.

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. "If practices do not change and the tests are not used, MG has the potential to become a superbug within a decade, resistant to standard antibiotics".

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