Little-known sexually transmitted disease spreads and alarms doctors for antibiotic resistance

Little-known sexually transmitted disease spreads and alarms doctors for antibiotic resistance

Bacterial infection mycoplasma genitalium causes pain, secretions and, in the case of women, can lead to infertility.

Condom use is the main means of prevention, according to expertsGetty ImagesA little-known sexually transmitted infection could turn into a superbug resistant to better-known antibiotic treatments, according to an alert by European experts.Mycoplasma genitalium (MG), as it is known, has already been resistant to some of them, and in the UK health authorities are working with new guidelines to prevent the condition from becoming a public emergency.The effort is to identify and treat the bacteria more effectively, but also to encourage prevention by using condoms.What is MG?Mycoplasma genitalium is a bacterium that can be transmitted through sex with a contaminated partner.In men, it causes inflammation of the urethra, leading to discharge from the penis and pain when urinating.In women, it can inflame the reproductive organs - the uterus and fallopian tubes - causing not only pain, but also fever, bleeding and infertility, that is, difficulty having children.The infection, ...


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