Doctors have warned an emerging STI could become an antibiotic-resistant superbug

Leslie Hanson
July 11, 2018

Women have been warned about the spread of an increasingly risky "stealth" sexually transmitted infection that makes women infertile.

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.

One in 100 British adults aged 16 to 44 are thought to be infected with Mycoplasma genitalium - or MG.

Only recently has it been recognised that MG is passed on by sexual activity and can cause problems such as genital pain and bleeding.

Its draft guidelines detail how best to spot and treat MG.

There is also concern the STI may grow resistant to antibiotics if not treated correctly.

MG can cause the inflammation of reproductive organs for women, which could ultimately lead to infertility.

MG does not always cause symptoms and will not always need treatment, but it can be missed or mistaken for a different sexually transmitted infection, such as Chlamydia.


Because antibiotic-resistance is higher in many other countries, doctors say holiday romances could drive the spread.

"Our guidelines recommend that patients with symptoms are correctly diagnosed using an accurate MG test, treated correctly then followed up to make sure they are cured".

The news comes after health officials past 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.

"These new guidelines have been developed because 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", said Paddy Horner, senior lecturer in sexual health at Bristol University.

"The new BASHH guideline on MG is a positive step forward to improving testing and diagnosis", said Helen Fifer, a consultant microbiologist at Public Health England.

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.

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

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